Hawks extend new 2016 offers

Last weekend, during the first Live Period of April, the St. Joe's coaching staff was scattered throughout the country watching and evaluating many of their top 2016 recruiting targets. Two juniors collected new offers from the Hawk coaching staff on Tuesday night. Get the latest inside.

Nike's Team Final, based out of Philadelphia, features a number of high-major members of the 2016 recruiting class, including Lamar Stevens, Tony Carr, and Dylan Painter. All three collected significant offers based on their play over the weekend in Virginia. Stevens already holds a Hawk offer. It was 6'10 Hershey (PA) stretch big Dylan Painter that collected a new offer from the Hawks on Tuesday night. News of the offer was first reported by Corey Evans of NY2LA Sports.

Painter is hardly a new name to those that follow St. Joe's recruiting. SJU head coach Phil Martelli was up to see Hershey at least once this season, as was Hawk assistant coach Dave Duda. Painter finally collected an offer based on his play this past weekend, though. Over Team Final's four games, Painter averaged 7.8 points (12-24 from the field), 5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. This is Painter's first season playing on the EYBL with Team Final, and the exposure is paying off immediately. In addition to his St. Joe's offer, Painter has also reeled in offers from the likes of Richmond, Dayton, Duquesne, Hofstra, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Davidson, and more, per City of Basketball Love's Josh Verlin.

Based on his play this past weekend, Painter has essentially seen his recruitment explode from the Patriot to Atlantic 10 level to well north of that, with ACC and Big East schools extending offers his way, along with nearly all of the Atlantic 10. His ability to shoot the ball has always been there. The difference in his game has been bulking up his lanky frame, which he did this year. With his stock still skyrocketing, it will be interesting to see if the Hawks can remain players in Dylan's recruitment.

Dylan Painter was not the only player to pick up a Hawk offer Tuesday night. 6'8 Putnam Science Academy (CT) power forward Mamadou Diarra was offered by the Hawks as well, according to his high school coach. The offer came following a terrific weekend for Diarra in Louisiana, where he played for the NY Jayhawks on the Under Armour circuit.

St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli spent the weekend in Louisiana at The Circuit, where he checked in on 2016 offers DeAndre Hunter and Jeff Dowtin, while also extending offers to 2017 recruits Eric Ayala and Zach Kent. He was also apparently there for Putnam Science's Mamadou Diarra, a physically imposing, athletic 6'8 power forward.

Diarra was terrific for the Jayhawks, averaging 11.5 points on 62% shooting, while also corralling 5.5 rebounds, and blocking just under a shot a game. Diarra's offer sheet is an impressive one, to say the least. He holds offers from St. John's, Dayton, Seton Hall, UConn, VCU, and more, per his high school coach at Putnam Science Academy. This is to go along with interest from Kansas and other high-level high majors. On Tuesday night, the Hawks threw their hat in the ring with Diarra.

St. Joe's likely has three scholarships to play with in 2016, and at the moment they do not have anyone signed in the recruiting class. Dylan Painter and Mamadou Diarra are two players that collected new offers from SJU on Tuesday night. There will most certainly be more as the month progresses.

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