Wrapping up the first live period

July’s first live recruiting period wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. I spent the day at the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown, where St. Joe’s had head coach Phil Martelli and assistant Dave Duda. I have a recap of Sunday’s action plus insight into the Hawks’ four new offers, including Tyler Herro (pictured above) that were extended on Monday.

I walked into Philadelphia University Sunday morning to watch a 16u contest between Baltimore United and New Heights.  St. Joe’s had Phil Martelli and Dave Duda both stationed courtside, where they were joined by Temple, Cincinnati, and more.  The Hawks have an offer out to Baltimore United guard Brendan Adams, the younger brother of Saint Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams. The younger Adams attends Calvert Hall (MD) and took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill in June, where he was offered by SJU.  Adams also has offers from Kansas State and George Washington.  He struggled shooting the ball Sunday, missing all five shots from the field in the time I was watching. Adams stands right around 6’2 and has a good frame.  He also passed the ball well, and showed an ability to play at either guard spot.  Brendan was hobbling a bit Sunday and had a wrap on his right knee, so it’s quite possible he was playing through some bumps and bruises.

While Adams didn’t have a particularly strong outing, one of his teammates, 6’9 2018 forward Nate Roberts did.  St. Joe’s is looking at Roberts as well, who already holds offers from the likes of Kansas State, Dayton, Clemson, and more.  Roberts is a bouncy athlete who also has some tools on the offensive end, in addition to his strength as a rim-running rebounder and shot-blocker.  As Baltimore United made a late run that ultimately fell short, he hit a short runner in the lane off the bounce, knocked down two free throws, and scored off an offensive putback.  

Taylor Funk, the 6’8 2017 St. Joe’s commit from Manheim Central (PA), had 18 points on six threes Saturday afternoon.  He also had 15 points in a head-to-head match-up with Clifton Moore of Hoop Dreamz, who I’ll have more on later.  Sunday morning, the Jersey Shore Warriors lost their first game of the year, snapping a 34-game winning streak.  They fell to a very good Team Melo squad that features De’Vondre Perry, Andre Rafus, Darryl Morsell, and more.  In that game, Funk had 11 points, in front of Coaches Duda and Martelli.  Funk then struggled in their consolation game against Baltimore United 17s.  He sat most of the first half and didn’t take a shot.  Taylor then went 0-3 from three in the second half. The Warriors ended up winning in overtime on a three-pointer by 6’2 point guard Eli Brooks.  Brooks had Notre Dame, Princeton, Iowa, Michigan, Seton Hall, Maryland, Ohio State, and many others watching him on Sunday.  He is one of the biggest stock-risers in the Northeast. 

On the next court over, Team Rio, featuring elite 2019 guards Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, won a thriller against Team Final Blue in 16u action.  After Matt Cotton tied the game up at 60 with ten seconds left, Rio missed a shot, but Team Final turned the rebound over to Bryan Antoine, who scooped it up and hit a buzzer-beating three.  Villanova had Jay Wright and Ashley Howard courtside for the game, Indiana had Tom Crean, NC State had Mark Gottfried, and then St. Joe’s had Dave Duda among many other schools.

 

Team Final guards Matthue Cotton and Justin Anderson both played very well in the loss, and had strong weeks in general.  Cotton hit three threes in the loss and finished with 21 points.  Anderson had two threes and finished with ten points.  Both Cotton, a 2018 guard who will attend St. Benedict’s this year in North Jersey, and Anderson picked up offers from St. Joe’s Monday night.  Cotton and Anderson both attended Academy of the New Church (PA) last year, alongside priority 2018 Hawk target Marcus Littles.  The three have now gone their separate ways, with Cotton at Saint Benedict’s, Littles at Neumann-Goretti (PA), and Anderson possibly headed to Archbishop Carroll (PA).  That one doesn’t appear totally solid though. 

 

While Dave Duda stayed at Philadelphia University, Phil Martelli made his way over to Competitive Edge Sports, where he took in games by 2017 offer Ejike Obinna and 2017 Hatboro Horsham (PA) forward Clifton Moore.  Martelli liked what he saw from Moore enough on Thursday and Sunday to offer the 6’9 player for Hoop Dreamz. Hofstra, St. John’s, Temple, Princeton, East Carolina, and nearly a dozen more schools are also in hot pursuit of the skilled wing.  Moore was the lone 2017 prospect to collect an offer from the Hawks on Monday.  Obinna also remains in the mix for the Hawks.  The 6’9 post has a plethora of high-majors all over him, including Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and more.  At the moment, St. Joe’s is still in the mix there though.

 

Back at Philadelphia University, Sports U’s 2018s knocked off We R-1’s 2017s, including Trevon Duval.  Guards Atiba Taylor and Jahvon Quinerly were sensational for Sports U.  In the following game, Jersey Force had an upset win over We R-1’s talented 16s.  St. Joe’s, Princeton, Temple, Columbia, Holy Cross, and more took in that game.  For We R-1, 2018 Hawk offer Allen Bertrand had a very quiet game, and Tyree Pickron, who was torching nets all week, struggled shooting the three.  He made his first two and then missed five straight after that.  He’s still a player that Hawk fans should keep an eye on, as the coaching staff will likely continue to monitor the Archbishop Wood (PA) guard.

 

Isaiah Wong, the 6’3 2019 Notre Dame (NJ) shooting guard who has already been offered by St. Joe’s, was a bright spot for We R-1.  He nailed three threes and got to the rim with relative ease.  He failed to finish at the tin a few times, but that will come with age and strength.  A rising sophomore, he was playing up a level.

 

In addition to Clifton Moore, Matthue Cotton, and Justin Anderson, St. Joe’s also offered 6’5 Wisconsin guard Tyler Herro. A 2018 combo guard, Herro already holds offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Florida, Xavier, Purdue, Creighton, Wisconsin, DePaul, and more.  Obviously that recruitment won’t be an easy one whatsoever.  He’s the third Wisconsin player to get a Hawk offer, joining Nate Reuvers, who already committed to Wisconsin, and Luke Loewe, who the Hawks are very much involved with in 2017.

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The first live period is now over, but the second is just over 24 hours away, kicking off Wednesday afternoon at 5.  Stay glued to Hawk Hill Hardwood for continued updates.


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