Saturday Night Notes

The past several weeks have not been kind to St. Joe's on the recruiting front, as a number of targets, including Christian Vital (pictured), have either cut the Hawks from their lists or selected other schools. While things are certainly starting to get a bit scary, there are still viable options out there in the 2016 class. Get all the latest inside

In July, the St. Joe's coaching staff was actively tracking literally dozens of 2016 recruits. And they seemed positioned to land, at the very least, visits from a number of them. The month of September wasn't kind to the Hawks' coaching staff though. So many players with Hawk offers committed elsewhere that it can be hard to track. Whether all of these offers were fully out there and, as much as I detest using the word, 'committable,' I don't know. Here is a quick recap though.

On Sunday night, Christian Vital committed to UNLV over St. Joe's, Dayton, Rhode Island, and more. Myles Powell picked Seton Hall last weekend after including the Hawks on his trimmed list. DeAndre Hunter, who was arguably the Hawks' top overall 2016 target, has committed to Virginia. Dylan Painter committed to Villanova after the Wildcats came in with a late July offer. Kevin Marfo trimmed his list from ten to five, and St. Joe's did not make the cut. J.J Matthews, who the Hawks offered in July, committed to Towson last week. Carson Williams, a spring offer, committed to Eastern Kentucky. Anthony Lamb, another recent offer, picked Vermont. A.J. Brodeur, who the staff offered last summer, will play in Philadelphia, but at Penn. Then there is Taurean Thompson, a 6'9 power forward who visited St. Joe's and is still uncommitted, but looks like the longest of shots at this moment, with Syracuse, Xavier, Seton Hall, and Rutgers seemingly generating the most buzz in his recruitment.

St. Joe's does have 6'6 St. Thomas More (CT) wing Charles Brown already in the fold. That pick-up looks better and better by the day, as the Philadelphia native continues to bloom and appears poised for a monster prep year in New England.

There are two players still out there that the coaching staff is working hard for. 6'3 Garfield Heights (OH) guard Frankie Hughes has already taken an official visit to St. Joe's. He was slated to take a visit to Minnesota this weekend but cancelled that. Dayton is the other school still very much in the mix, so it will be worth keeping an eye on whether Hughes takes an official visit to the in-state Flyers. Hughes is an athletic, bouncy, creative scorer with deep range on his jumper. The Hawks are also still involved with 6'4 Australian Kieran Hayward. LSU, Arizona State, and several others are also in play with Hayward, a big-time athlete with a pure stroke from deep. If the coaching staff can figure out a way to get one of those two, it would put them in a great spot. A 2016 class with one of those two and Charles Brown would pack a serious shooting punch once it arrived at SJU.

Phil Martelli was out on the road all week. Last weekend he watched 2016 Pomfret (CT) power forward Gerald Blount and then extended an offer his way after the workout. He's clearly an offer on the heels of Painter, Marfo, and Hunter's decisions. Woffard and UMBC are two of his other offers. Martelli then went to Cushing Academy (MA), where he offered 2017 power forward Jarrod Simmons. Simmons also holds offers from Pitt, Temple, Providence, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Texas, and Georgia Tech. Phil then went to Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), where he watched and offered 6'4 2017 shooting guard Andrew Platek. Iona, Miami, George Washington, and Penn State are among Platek's other offers.

After that tour of New England prep schools, Martelli went out to Ohio where he watched Frankie Hughes work out at Garfield Heights. Then, on Wednesday, he went to Virginia Academy (VA) to watch priority 2017 recruit Ejike Obinna. Obinna is one of several 2017 big men the Hawks have already offered, including Luke Garza, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, and Zach Kent.

I am currently working on getting updates on both Kieran Hayward and Frankie Hughes. Those will go up with week as I, hopefully, get them.

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