At the moment, St. Joe’s seems to be primarily involved with about half a dozen 2017 recruiting targets. At the top of the board seems to be 6’9 Glenelg Country (MD) forward Anthony Longpre, 6’9 Hatboro-Horsham (PA) forward Clifton Moore, and 6’5 St. Luke’s (CT) wing Walter Whyte.
Last Wednesday, Whyte took unofficial visits to both St. Joe’s and Penn, two of the schools among his final 12. He followed that visit up with a trip south to Richmond, another school on his list. Whyte was offered by Phil Martelli and the Hawks in July following a strong set of live periods with the PSA Cardinals.
Atop that 2017 wish list, along with Walter Whyte and Clifton Moore, is Canadian native Anthony Longpre. Longpre played on the Adidas circuit this summer with Brookwood Elite, a Canadian travel team. He then played on Team Canada at Adidas Nations. Longpre is currently home in Canada visiting his family before returning to Maryland for his final year of high school. I exchanged messages with him yesterday and will be conducting a phone interview with him when he returns to the States next week.
One of the major stock-risers on the East Coast this summer was Clifton Moore, who went from zero offers in early April to over 20 now in August. One of those offers that came in was from the Hawks. St. Joe’s didn’t miss one of his games all of July. I spoke with his travel coach with HoopDreamz, Jonathan Michels, this morning. According to Michels, Clifton will be cutting his list down next week and setting up visits. St. Joe’s, St. John’s, Temple, La Salle, George Mason, Lafayette, Princeton, and over a dozen more schools are very actively involved in his recruitment. When he trims his list next week, I will have exclusive coverage of that and where the Hawks fit in.
On the 2018 recruiting front, the Hawks got an unofficial visit from Team Melo point guard Wynston Tabbs on August 1st. The visit came less than a week after St. Joe’s offered. He has quickly become an Atlantic 10 priority in the 2018 class, as La Salle and George Washington have both offered in the last week. Tabbs is AAU teammates with Noah Locke on Team Melo. Locke is one of the bigger names that St. Joe’s is involved with in 2018.
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This week, I will have that interview with Anthony Longpre, insight into Clifton Moore’s cut list, and early looks at how the 2018 recruiting class could shape up.