First April Live Period Round-Up

The first live recruiting period of 2016 wrapped up Sunday night. With Under Armour, Elevate Hoops, and Nike all in New York, and Adidas in Dallas, it was a huge weekend of AAU hoops. Inside, I have a complete wrap-up of where the Hawk coaching staff was, who they were watching, new offers, and more.

New York City was the place to be for college coaches over the weekend, as the EYBL, the Under Armour Association, and Elevate Hoops all ran high-level events in the Big Apple.  It’s where St. Joe’s head coach Phil Martelli spent his weekend.   

Elevate Hoops’ event took place on Staten Island, and two of St. Joe’s top 2017 big men targets were in action there.  The Jersey Shore Warriors, with 6’8 Manheim (PA) forward Taylor Funk, and the Uncommon Bulls, with 6’10 post Ejike Obinna participated.  Phil Martelli watched Funk and Obinna there over the weekend, and is following that up on Monday with a trip down to Virginia to have an in-home visit with Ejike Obinna.  Ejike’s host father, Ray Matthews, informed me of the in-home visit.  I will be speaking with him tomorrow for a full-length update on the talented, athletic, rapidly-improving post.

  The EYBL event in New York City featured a number of teams of interest to St. Joe’s fans.  Team Takeover has Hawk 2017 offers Luke Garza and Chyree Walker along with Anthony Duruji, who is likely on the verge of an offer.  Team Final has 6’7 2017 forward Justyn Mutts, who holds St. Joe’s interest, and 6’9 2018 post Marcus Littles, who holds a Hawk offer.  6’3 Blair Academy (NJ) guard Matt Turner is running with the NY Lightning, and holds a St. Joe’s offer.  6’4 Northfield Mount Hermon (NH) sharp-shooter Andrew Platek is running with the Albany City Rocks and also holds an offer.  There are a number of other names of interest in the 2017 EYBL class, but those are the primary ones.

It was a big weekend for Andrew Platek, who scored a combined 44 points in three games.  A legitimate sniper from deep, Andrew went 10-19 (53%) from downtown over the weekend. St. Joe’s has offered and watched him in EYBL play Saturday and Sunday. George Washington, Rutgers, Miami, Butler, Creighton, and many others are also involved.

  Luka Garza is one of St. Joe’s other top big man targets in 2017.  The 6’10 Maret (DC) post runs with Team Takeover, and is being courted by the Hawks, GW, Loyola, and more.  Garza averaged 9 points and 7.3 rebounds for a loaded Team Takeover bunch in three wins. While Chyree Walker had a relatively quiet weekend, fellow Takeover teammate Anthony Duruji played well. The hyper-athletic 6’7 wing guard holds a VCU offer and is someone the Hawks have been monitoring very closely. He’s a player I could see receiving a Hawk offer in the near future. In fact, moments after initially publishing this, I received word that the Hawks did in fact offer Duruji after watching him over the weekend. Duruji averaged 6.7 points in Takeover’s three wins  

Matt Turner, an athletic 6’3 combo guard who can shoot it, played well for the NY Lightning over the weekend.  While he was only 3-10 from three in the three games, and the Lightning went 0-3, he averaged 15 points per game and impressed overall. He is definitely one of the main guard names in the 2017 class, and holds offers from the Hawks, Seton Hall, Rutgers, George Washington, Fairfield, and more.

  The third major event in New York was the Under Armour Basketball City Event.  There, DC Premier featured two Hawk targets, in 6’9 post Nate Watson and 6’3 shooting guard Elijah Clarence.  It was a huge weekend for Watson, who has picked up an offer from Maryland in recent days and is on the verge of fully blowing up.  He averaged 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in four games. Clarence, who attended a Hawk game this spring, was relatively quiet.  He scored a total of 16 points in the four contests.  That being said, his athleticism and size make him intriguing, and certainly a player SJU will continue to keep tabs on.

While most of the attention of the basketball world was in New York, the Adidas Gauntlet Series began in Dallas. Brookwood Elite’s Anthony Longpre, Baltimore Elite’s Jamir Moultrie, and D1 Minnesota’s Nathan Reuvers were just a few of the main 2017 names playing in Texas.

Longpre, a 6’9 junior at Glenelg Country Day (MD), holds a St. Joe’s offer and just happens to play at the same high school Isaiah Miles spent the first three of his high school career. A talented, versatile, rugged forward, Longpre averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in Brookwood’s four games in Texas. His best game was a 14-point (6-8 from the free throw line), 9-rebound game against Texas Pro on Sunday.

Jamir Moultrie, a 6’1 guard with Baltimore Elite, has been a Hawk target for quite some time. He took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill last spring. Phil Martelli has been down to see him a number of times this year. Moultrie had a strong weekend, averaging 13.3 points for the Baltimore-based squad. His best performance of the weekend was a 22-point, 5-assist outing Saturday against Team Texas Elite. Jamir went 4-9 from downtown in that one.

A newer name popped on the St. Joe’s radar Saturday when 6’10 D1 Minnesota forward Nate Reuvers announced that he picked up an offer from the Hawks. Reuvers, who also has offers from Minnesota, Creighton, Wisconsin, and others, turned heads at the Adidas event, averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. On Saturday, in two games, he was 4-7 from three. At 6’10, with the ability to stretch the floor, Reuvers is the type of big man you expect to see on a Wisconsin or Creighton, and after this past season, on a St. Joe’s. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks can become major players in Reuvers’ recruitment.

Next weekend, all the fun continues. The coaching staff will be in Indianapolis for Under Armour and Nike events, in Atlanta for Adidas, and in Pennsylvania for Hoop Group. Phil Martelli was in Virginia on Monday for Ejike Obinna’s in-home visit. The Hawks have an official visit with Maine transfer Issac Vann on the 28th. Lorenzo Edwards is still very much in play in 2016. To say that there are just a few pieces in motion, things in play, right now would be an understatement. I’ll keep you up to date here at Hawk Hill Hardwood.

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