2017 Recruiting Landscape

Over the last week, Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph's coaching staff have extended three new scholarship offers. Inside, we break down the three most recent offers while also examining what exactly the Hawk coaching staff is looking for in the 2017 class.

On Monday afternoon, while on a visit, St. Augustine Prep (NJ) forward Justyn Mutts picked up a scholarship offer from Saint Joseph's. That offer was the third extended from the coaching staff in roughly a 24 hour period. It was also the ninth offer laid out since the beginning of April to a 2017 recruit. Here, we take a look at Mutts and the others.

Justyn Mutts is a 6'7 combo forward who is playing his AAU ball this year with Team Final. It's a program the Hawks have had recent success with, as current Hawk freshman Lamarr Kimble is a Team Final alum. Mutts' game is predicated on his athleticism and motor. When he's playing hard, despite being undersized in all likelihood as a four, he can cause problems with his tenacity at, and mostly above, the rim. In seven games this month with Team Final, in a bench role, Mutts averaged 4.6 points per game. He shot 11-20 (55%) from the field, 10-22 (46%) from the free throw line, and didn't attempt a three. Mutts doesn't fit the mold in terms of a stretch forward like the Hawks have had recent success with. He will need to continue to expand his game to the perimeter and improve his shooting. That being said, there's a reason schools like La Salle, Brown, Monmouth, Hofstra, and now Saint Joseph's have offered. He has a chance to grow his game, and is blessed with the size and athleticism to do so.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks offered two DC area products in 6'5 wing Eddie Scott and 6'9 post Joshua Carlton. Scott, who attends Gonzaga (DC), plays for Team Takeover. He is the fourth Team Takeover player to receive a SJU offer, joining Luka Garza, Chyree Walker, and Anthony Duruji. Scott only played a little over 12 minutes per game during April for Takeover, who are one of the most talent-laden teams on the EYBL. He was productive in those minutes though, averaging 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in that time. Scott went 15-28 from the field, good for 54%. He's a solid free throw shooter, and that showed in the spring, where he went 13-17 (77%) from the line. Scott went 2-9 from three in April's seven games. Eddie Scott is a high-academic player, and was actually just in Philadelphia on an official visit to Penn over the weekend. He's a player who is beginning to emerge at the A10 level, and the Hawks threw their hat in the ring with him Sunday.

Joshua Carlton plays for Boo Williams on the EYBL and attends high school at DeMatha Prep in DC. Josh is a 6'9, 235-pound post product who has been extremely productive for Boo Williams this spring. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for Boo. Carlton is athletic and a big body who knows what to do in the paint. That being said, he has a ways to go in terms of expending his game away from the basket. That includes the free throw line, where he was just 4-18 (22%) in April. Carlton is listed on Verbal Commits with two offers, both from last summer. They are from Old Dominion and Penn State. He's a player to keep an eye on as a new name.

Justyn Mutts, Josh Carlton, and Eddie Scott are just the most recent three Hawk scholarship offers. The coaching staff has handed out a number over the last three weeks. Guards Luke Loewe, Sasha Stefanovic, wings De'Vondre Perry and Anthony Duruji, and forwards Aaron Wheeler and Nate Reuvers have also collected offers since the first April live period. Those nine players join big men Taylor Funk, Ejike Obinna, Zach Kent, and Anthony Longpre as well as guards Jamir Moultrie, Andrew Platek, and Matt Turner as players with Hawk offers.

St. Joe's will have either one or two 2017 scholarships to play with. Working under the assumption that it will be two, it seems logical that the staff will pursue one big man and then a best available guard or wing. Taylor Funk, the skilled, shooting 6'8 stretch forward out of Manheim Central (PA) took an official visit to Hawk Hill last week. He certainly looks to be one of the staff's top overall wants in 2017. If they could reel him in, or any of the bigs, I think the next move is to make a hard run at the best guard or wing on their board. This picture will continue to become clearer as names drop on and off their board.

As things develop over the next few weeks in terms of visits and more offers, I will have you covered here.

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