Last month, Brookwood Elite and Glenelg Country forward Anthony Longpre narrowed his list of college choices down to five: George Washington, Washington State, Kansas State, Princeton, and Saint Joseph’s. The 6’9 shooting forward informed me that he would be taking a visit to Hawk Hill on September 12th and 13th, and that official visit began today. Longpre is taking his first official visit with his mom and dad. He told me that he would then trip to George Washington this coming weekend for his second official visit. At the moment, no other visits are set.
While it would appear on the surface, since those are the two visits scheduled, that this race is going to come down to the Hawks and Colonials. Not so fast. Washington State, one of the schools that made the cut, was at Glenelg last Friday watching him work out, so to eliminate them as a possible destination at this point would be irresponsible. And now another school has seemingly entered the fray. I’ve been told that Missouri is expected in to watch him Wednesday, a fact that Corey Evans of Hoopseen was first to report.
Anthony Longpre, it could be argued, is the Hawks’ overall top 2017 recruiting target to join current commit Taylor Funk. Two of the other major names that have been thrown around are Hatboro Horsham (PA) stretch forward Clifton Moore and St. Luke’s (CT) wing Walter Whyte. There are recent developments on both of them.
Moore, who has not publicly released a list, did take an unofficial visit to St. Joe’s the night of the Atlantic 10 ring ceremony. He was then at Boston College this past weekend. Moore also has an official visit to Ole Miss slated for the end of September. St. Joe’s, Temple, La Salle, George Mason, Princeton, Lafayette, and countless others seem to still be in the hunt. The 6’9 Moore had a breakout summer with HoopDreamz, going from zero offers in April to roughly two dozen by the end of July.
Walter Whyte, an athletic 6’6 wing who played with the PSA Cardinals on the AAU circuit last season, included St. Joe’s on his “final 12” list last month. Whyte has taken one official visit already, to Penn. Per Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog, he has four other visits now scheduled. They are to Davidson, Boston University, Northeastern, and San Diego. That’s not an official final list, but the fact that Whyte did not schedule an official to St. Joe’s would lean one to believe that the Hawks are no longer seriously in the mix there anymore.
Turning our attention now to 2018, Phil Martelli made the short commute down to Valley Forge Military Academy (PA) on Saturday morning to watch 6’10 big man Abraham Deng work out. Martelli liked what he saw and extended an offer his way, which puts the Hawks alongside Old Dominion and Temple as offers for the athletic, defensively-minded center. Deng played with We R-1 this summer, alongside two other players with Hawk offers in 2018 Allen Betrand and 2019 Isaiah Wong. Deng joins the likes of Marcus Littles, Darnell Brodie, and Chuck Hannah as posts in the 2018 class with Hawk offers.
One player with a Hawk offer came off the board today, when 6’4 combo guard Tyler Herro committed to Wisconsin. A top 50 guard from Wisconsin, that one was a major longshot for St. Joe’s off the jump.
Matthue Cotton, a Voorhees, New Jersey native attending St. Benedict’s (NJ), has really seen his stock soar over the past month. Cotton is one of the Hawks’ top 2018 targets, and the 6’5 guard picked up yet another offer Monday. Seton Hall joined Temple, VCU, Rhode Island, St. Joe’s, Hartford, and others when they threw an offer his way. St. Joe’s has put in a lot of early work on him, but his stock is definitely been on the uptick, and it will be worth monitoring his offer sheet closely.
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I plan to speak with Anthony Longpre once his official visit to Hawk Hill wraps up. I am also following some leads on new 2017 names. While I’ve been slow over the last seven to ten days, things will start to pick up here again now. Be on the lookout for a slew of new articles over the coming days, including an update on Longpre.