On Thursday, 6'3 Garfield Heights (OH) senior guard Frankie Hughes began his first official visit, to St. Joe's. That visit, where he was accompanied by his parents, is one of three that Hughes currently has scheduled. Per his high school coach, Sonny Johnson, Hughes will visit Texas A&M next. Hughes also has an official to Minnesota scheduled for the end of September. In addition to St. Joe's, Texas A&M, and Minnesota, Hughes is also considering San Francisco, Dayton, and Wisconsin. He holds offers from all schools.
Hughes is one of several 2016 guards that the Hawks are heavily involved with. One of the others, 6'2 St. Thomas More (CT) Christian Vital, took a visit this weekend to Dayton. The Hawks are also involved with 6'5 Australian combo guard Kieran Hayward. Hayward holds offers from the Hawks, LSU, Arizona State, Fairfield, and Rider.
Last week, the Hawks hosted 6'9 Brewster Academy power forward Taurean Thompson for an unofficial visit. Thompson took unofficials in recent weeks to Rutgers, Seton Hall, Temple, and St. Joe's prior to taking an official this weekend to Xavier. A possible wrinkle in his recruitment came last week when Syracuse extended an offer his way, as first reported by Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.
Taurean Thompson is one of three post players the Hawks are involved with, along with Dylan Painter and Kevin Marfo. Painter visited Villanova officially at the end of August and then will trek to Penn State next weekend. Marfo has yet to schedule any officials and will do so after college coaches come watch him at open gyms at Worcester Academy (MA). Coaches can visit beginning September 9th, when the dead period ends. St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli is expected at Worcester Academy on the 9th to meet with Marfo and schedule an official visit.
St. Joe's top remaining 2016 target, Friends' Central (PA) forward DeAndre Hunter, has three officials scheduled, per Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love. Hunter will see Oklahoma State on September 18th, Notre Dame on October 11th, and Miami likely around October 2nd. St. Joe's and Villanova are the two local schools still involved in his recruitment, and it's not impossible that Hunter lands at one of the two locals without taking an official there.
While 2016 recruiting is rightfully front and center at the moment, the staff is actively involved with a number of 2017 prospects as well. One of them, 6'7 Mannheim Central (PA) combo forward Taylor Funk, visited St. Joe's unofficially on Saturday. Funk plays for the Jersey Shore Warriors on the AAU circuit. One of his AAU teammates, 6-foot guard Eli Brooks, took an unofficial to Hawk Hill at the end of August.
I will have an in-depth update on Frankie Hughes up this week as well as further updates on Kevin Marfo, Christian Vital, and Kieran Hayward later this week.
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