St. Joe's has been busy this month, extending offer after offer to members of the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes. Last week, offers were given to juniors Charles Brown, Quinton Rose, Kevin Marfo, Anthony Lamb, Brachen Hazen, and Carson Williams. This is after offers earlier in the month to 2016 Dylan Painter and 2017s Zach Kent and Eric Ayala. That train kept rolling this week when the Hawks looked to a familiar North Jersey powerhouse.
6'9 St. Anthony's (NJ) post Taurean Thompson is St. Joe's most recent offer. The Hawks have had success with players from Bob Hurley's program, most notably post Ahmad Nivins, who went from St. Anthony's to Hawk Hill to the Dallas Mavericks via a 2nd round pick in the NBA Draft. Thompson is a big-bodied post who runs with the New Jersey Playaz on the EYBL summer circuit. During April, he averaged 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Playaz in eight games. According to the St. Anthony's Friar's Twitter account, Thompson holds offers from Rutgers and Old Dominion, along with interest from the likes of Syracuse, Arizona State, and Pitt.
The EYBL rolls on this coming weekend in Texas. Taurean Thompson and the NJ Playaz will be there, as will 2016 offers like Quinton Rose, Anthony Lamb, Bracken Hazen, Dylan Painter, Carson Williams, and more.
On Thursday, St. Joe's hosted two unofficial visitors on campus. Charles Brown, a 6'6 wing who played last year at George Washington High School (PA), and runs with Philly Pride, visited Hawk Hill once again on Thursday afternoon. Brown was offered by the Hawks last week, after a terrific April on the Under Armour circuit. Brown also picked up offers from the likes of Delaware, VCU, Rhode Island, James Madison, and George Mason. Brown averaged 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in April with Philly Pride.
Fellow Philadelphia native, and AAU teammate, DeAndre Hunter also visited Hawk Hill on Thursday. Hunter is arguably St. Joe's most well-regarded 2016 recruiting target. A 6'7 forward from Friends' Central (PA), Hunter is being recruited by the likes of Temple, Miami, NC State, Oklahoma State, Maryland, and more. DeAndre averaged 13.2 points and 5.8 points per game during a terrific month of April for Philly Pride.
St. Joe's has recruited well over the past two years, and are looking to build on that momentum in 2016. Stay tuned for updates, including this weekend as Scout's national team is at the EYBL in Texas.
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