Recapping a busy week on Hawk Hill

It’s been an incredibly busy week on Hawk Hill, highlighted by DeAndre Bembry being drafted 21st Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks. Inside, I have a full recap of the week, complete with insight into three recruiting visits and discussion of Bembry’s fit in Atlanta.

The highlight of the week was, undoubtedly, DeAndre Bembry being drafted 21st by the Atlanta Hawks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Bembry worked out for the Hawks along with a number of other NBA teams.

Atlanta’s General Manager, Wes Wilcox, spoke to the media about DeAndre Bembry following Thursday’s draft. “DeAndre is a player we have watched for quite some time. He has a great deal of versatility, is a very good passer, has a high basketball IQ, and is a very good person and hard worked. We’re excited to bring him to the Hawks family,” Wilcox stated.

DeAndre is the first St. Joe’s player picked in the first round since Delonte West and Jameer Nelson were both selected in the opening round in 2004. Ahmad Nivins was then drafted in the second round in the 2009 draft, by the Dallas Mavericks with the 56th pick. Bembry will also join former teammate Langston Galloway, who went undrafted but is currently a major rotation player with the New York Knicks.

The Atlanta Hawks also drafted Baylor wing Taurean Prince in the draft last night, with the 12th pick. Kent Bazemore, another wing, was one of the Hawks’ best players last year. He is, however, a free agent, and with the Hawks drafting two wings last night, could he possibly be more expendable? Obviously Atlanta liked DeAndre enough to spend a first round pick on him. He will play for the Hawks’ Summer League team, which plays their first game in Las Vegas on July 8th.

While the DeAndre Bembry NBA news was the biggest of the week, it was also a busy recruiting week for Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph’s coaching staff. The coaches hosted two rising seniors and one rising junior for unofficial visits earlier in the week.

On Monday afternoon, the Hawk coaching staff welcomed 2017 Brewster Academy (NH) and Mass Rivals combo forward Aaron Wheeler onto campus. Wheeler, who holds a Saint Joseph’s offer, also visited La Salle and Temple, picking up a Temple offer while on North Broad. Wheeler is a long and athletic combo forward who possesses high-level athleticism and a developing skill set. Providence, Seton Hall, and Pitt are among the other schools involved with Wheeler.

On Tuesday, the coaching staff hosted 2018 Calvert Hall (MD) guard Brendan Adams for an unofficial visit. Adams, a 6’3 guard, is the younger brother of current Saint Bonaventure star Jaylen Adams. During his unofficial visit, Phil Martelli extended a scholarship offer to the rising junior. Adams now holds offers from the Hawks, George Washington, Towson, and Kansas State.

Then, on Wednesday, the coaching staff welcomed 2017 Fond du Lac (WI) shooting guard Luke Loewe on campus for an unofficial visit. Loewe, who holds a Saint Joseph’s offer, is currently on an east coast swing, taking a number of unofficial visits. He has seen Hawk Hill, Elon, Rutgers, Davidson, William and Mary, and Lehigh. Loewe, who plays his AAU ball for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, will play the July live period then schedule official visits. St. Joe’s, with an offer out to him and an unofficial visit already under their belt, would appear to be a school that will be in the mix for one of those officials.

Finally, a small notable tidbit came out Friday afternoon from Villanova team camp. Ari Rosenfeld of Future 150 and City of Basketball Love reported that 2018 center Marcus Littles has transferred to Philadelphia powerhouse Neumann-Goretti. Littles was at Academy of the New Church last year. He is one of the Hawks’ top overall 2018 targets, and was on campus for at least seven or eight games this past season. Neumann-Goretti produced rising Hawk sophomore Lamarr Kimble. It’s not the worst place for Littles to land, from a St. Joe’s standpoint.

With the July Live Periods fast approaching, I will have my schedule up on site early next week with a complete list of events and players that I will be seeing. It’s an exciting time of year as recruiting is about to really kick into overdrive.

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