The biggest story at the moment is that of Penn State transfer Geno Thorpe. Last week, Thorpe announced that he would be transferring out of Penn State, where he averaged 8.7 points per game as a sophomore. Thorpe strongly considered St. Joe's the first time around, and he appears to be strongly considering the Hawks once more. Per Jon Rothstein, Thorpe is looking to visit St. Joe's, USF, Butler, and Nevada.
While Thorpe is not necessarily the perimeter shooter the Hawks were actively seeking, he does so many other things well. He's a long, athletic 6'3 who can get to the free throw line, and once there, knock the freebies down at an 80+ percent clip. He was arguably PSU's best on-ball defender last year and brings a sense of toughness and a relentlessly competitive nature. While he only shot 31% from three last year, he showed signs of improvement there and looks like someone who could feasibly get up into that 35% range, which is just enough to keep defenses honest.
Thorpe has not released dates for any of his visits yet, but the Hawks are lined up to get one.
St. Joe's top overall 2016 target is Friends' Central (PA) combo forward DeAndre Hunter. Hunter is currently playing at the NBA Top 100 Camp, along with other elite level recruits in the country. Hunter has already received praise from a number of scouts there, including the legendary John Lucas, who said, "DeAndre Hunter has been playing well and hitting the boards for his team." Hunter is a versatile wing who will defend, rebound, finish at the rim, but also step outside and knock down shots from the mid-range and beyond.
Monday was the first day that college coaches could reach out and directly contact 2017 recruits. St. Joe's has certainly been busy, with several dozen rising juniors contacted by the Hawk coaching staff on Monday and Tuesday. Contact also led to at least one new offer, as 6'3 Northfield Mount Hermon (NH) shooting guard Kellan Grady landed an offer from the Hawks yesterday. The offer was announced by his AAU team, the New England Playaz.
One other 2017 name that has floated around quite a bit lately is DC Thunder point guard Jamir Moultrie. Moultrie does not hold an SJU offer yet, but according to Corey Evans, he will be visiting Hawk Hill today. La Salle and Delaware both offered the Bishop McNamara (MD) speedster this week.
Other 2017s that were contacted this week by the SJU coaching staff include, but is not limited to, Jordan Cross, Marquis Godwin, Jordan Poole, Justin Mazzulla, Aaron Wheeler, David Beatty, Nick Alikakos, Zach Kent, Walter Whyte, Kobby Ayeteye, Eric Ayala, and more. Look for that list to explode next month during the July live periods.
Stay plugged into Hawk Hill Hardwood over the next week for more on 2017 names as well as updates on Geno Thorpe.
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