12/10 State of the Hawks

On Tuesday night, DeAndre Bembry played his best game of the young season, dropping a season-high 27 points en route to a 62-50 win over Princeton. A recap of that game, several recruiting updates, and a quick glance ahead to Sunday's game at Temple can be found inside.

It was only a matter of time before St. Joe's junior wing DeAndre Bembry went out and played the way that he did Tuesday night at Hagan Arena. Bembry poured in 27 of the Hawks' 62 points, scoring from all three levels. Bembry knocked down a three, got to the line (4-6), and scored in a variety of ways around the rim. DeAndre entered the season as a legitimate fringe first round pick and the holder of numerous pre-season awards. He has had some struggles shooting, and scoring the ball, early on this year. If Tuesday night is any indication though, he has hit his stride.

Tuesday's 62-50 win over Princeton was not the prettiest game of basketball you're ever going to watch. Bembry was spectacular, and senior forward Isaiah Miles continued his strong final campaign, tallying 13 points and 8 rebounds. The other three starters, Pierfrancesco Oliva, Aaron Brown, and Shavar Newkirk shot a combined 0-16 from the field and didn't score a single point. Think about that for a moment. The duo of Miles and Bembry shot a combined 16-29 from the field for 40 points. Then the other three-fifths of the starting lineup didn't score a point and went 0-16 from the field. I can't recall ever seeing something like that before.

I've written this quite a few times already this year, but how about the continued strong play of James Demery as this team's sixth man. Demery finished with 12 points, including 4-5 from the free throw line. Over the past five games, Demery is averaging 11.2 points per game, shooting 10-14 from the free throw line (71%), and shooting 23-44 (53%) from the field. He's been fantastic all year, and has really come on over the last five games.

St. Joe's is now 6-2 on the year. The Hawks return to action on Sunday afternoon at 4 when they take on Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls on North Broad Street. The Owls are now 4-4 after knocking off Big 5 rival Penn last night. I'll have a full preview of the Owls and Hawks on Saturday.

On the recruiting front, St. Joe's is still locked in with their two 2016 commitments, both signed to Letters of Intent. Charles Brown at St. Thomas More (CT) and Gerald Blount at Pomfret (CT) have both seen their seasons get underway. The Hawks also have several other 2016 targets in mind. We will continue to update you here on those 2016 names as they become more serious.

2017 recruiting is also in full swing. One area that has received significant attention is the DMV. The Hawks have offers out to a number of players in that DC/MD/VA region. Bulllis (MD) wing Chyree Walker, Glenelg Country Day (MD) forward Anthony Longpre, Maret School (MD) forward Luke Garza, and Virginia Academy (VA) post Ejike Obinna are a number of 2017s that already hold Hawk offers.

Locally, the high school season is also underway. Toward the end of the this month, when there are a number of holiday tournaments, I will be hitting the road to check in on 2017 and 2018 Hawk targets. A few weeks back, the Hawk coaching staff extended what is, to the best of my knowledge, their first 2018 offer. It went to big-time Academy of the New Church (PA) post Marcus Littles.

Continue to check back for all the latest on the Hawks.

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