Battle of the Borders: Christian Vital

On Wednesday night at Burlington City (NJ) High School, the PSA Cardinals and We R 1 squared off in a showcase game in front of dozens of college coaches. Coming off a terrific week at the Vic Oladipo/Ty Lawson Camp, 6'2 guard Christian Vital played with the PSA Cardinals Wednesday. Following the game, he provided an update on his summer, his recruitment, and what's next.

Christian Vital, a 6'2 combo guard out of St. Thomas More (CT), saw his PSA Cardinals fall in overtime Wednesday night to We R 1 at the Battle of the Borders Showcase Night. It's been a hectic month for the New York City native, beginning at the Peach Jam, continuing at the Oladipo/Lawson Camp, the PSA Combine, the Battle of the Borders, and now in Kansas City at the Hardwood Classic.

Vital's greatest attribute is his shooting ability. During EYBL play this spring, he shot 39% from three, then shot 41% from downtown during five games at the Peach Jam. His hot shooting continued at the Oladipo Camp, highlighted by the camp's signature performance, a 36-point, 9-rebound game that saw his go 7-7 from deep. On Wednesday, Vital spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood about his summer.

"I had an alright Peach Jam. I played really well the first couple games (shot 8-15 from three), then not as well over the second half of the set. And we lost a really tough one at the end. Then the camp last week was kind of a breaking out moment for me, playing with and against lots of talented guys. I just took advantage of the opportunity and displayed more of my talents. It felt great," Vital explained.

On the heels of last week's camp, Vital saw new offers from UNLV, Dayton, and George Washington pour in. His offer list at the moment has too many schools to name, but also includes Rhode Island, St. Joe's, VCU, Boston College, La Salle, Tulsa, George Mason, Hofstra, Fordham, St. Peter's, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, and more. These colleges are all interested in the same thing. "The main thing they say they like is my shooting ability and how hard I play," Vital stated. "I can play on and off the ball, and showed this summer that I can play both spots."

On Wednesday, Vital noticed two coaches specifically in attendance. "Coach Hurley (URI) and Coach Martelli (St. Joe's) are both here and both told me they'd be watching me today," he explained.Christian then went on to talk about where St. Joe's stands in his recruitment and where things will go from here.

"The coaches talk to me every day, Coach Martelli and Coach Duda, they call and text. I have a really good relationship with both of them," Vital said. "I visited there in the spring and walked around with Shavar (Newark), since I've known him since before. He played four years in this program (PSA Cardinals) and this is my third year. I met with Coach Duda and Coach Martelli and walked around"

The final live recruiting period of July comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. From there, Christian has a plan as to how things will progress. "I'm going to get back home and enjoy some time off. Just spend time with my family and relax. We'll talk about things and I'll decide what schools I'm going to officially visit."

St. Joe's has positioned themselves well with the talented 6'2-6'3 combo guard. So have schools like Rhode Island, Duquesne, and George Mason. Then you have newcomers like UNLV, George Washington, and Dayton. With so many schools from the Atlantic 10 so heavily involved in his recruitment, it appears very likely that the NYC native ends up playing his college ball in the A10. That picture will become clearer in the coming weeks when he schedules his official visits. I will continue to keep Hawk fans updated on where SJU stands with him here.

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