The big news of the last 48 hours is the Hawks making the final cut for 2017 Hatboro-Horsham (PA) forward Clifton Moore. The Hawks were joined by Big 5 rival Temple as well as local Lafayette, along with Northwestern, Indiana, and Ole Miss. Moore is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this coming weekend then plans to take a trip to Indiana as well. He has already visited Boston College officially and St. Joe’s, Temple, and Lafayette unofficially.
Moore visited Hawk Hill for the Atlantic 10 championship ring ceremony on August 29th, along with 2017 Hawk commit Taylor Funk and 2018 recruiting target Kenny Jones, a point guard from Mater Dei (NJ). The Hawks didn’t miss one of Moore’s games in July, when he emerged as one of their top overall targets in the 2017 class.
Moore isn’t the only name that St. Joe’s is heavily invested with in 2017 though. Anthony Longpre took his first official visit to Hawk Hill last week. He then visited George Washington this weekend, and was, in a very unfortunate twist of fate, on the DC campus when the Colonials fired head coach Mike Lonergan. It would appear that the Colonials are no longer under serious consideration given those circumstances. Longpre, who played with Brookwood Elite this summer, will take an official visit to Princeton this weekend, per a source. Washington State and Kansas State were the other two schools to make his final cut, although Missouri was also recently in to see him.
We have talked at length about Moore and Longpre here, but Phil Martelli watched another 2017 forward with an SJU offer on Tuesday. Martelli made the drive north to Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut Tuesday to see 2017 6’8 post Isaac Kante, along with 6’11 2018 center Darnell Brodie. Both Kante and Brodie have Hawk offers. While Moore and Longpre have been getting most of the press in 2017 for the Hawks, Kante is a name to keep a close eye on. His recruitment has been predominately at the A10 level, but he collected a Kansas State offer last week. Kante is an athletic, tough, muscular frontcourt piece that could play either the 4 or the 5 in the Atlantic 10 due to his motor and toughness and athleticism.
The Hawks have been very aggressive over the last couple months in the 2018 class. Last week alone there was quite a bit of activity. Phil Martelli watched and offered 2018 St. James (DC) wing Qwanzi Samuels on Saturday. Samuels is high school teammates with top 50 forward Isaiah Mucius who, while a major longshot, holds an SJU offer. Martelli then watched 2018 forward Philmon Gebrewhit on Sunday, another high level junior with a Hawk offer. NY Jayhawks small forward Samba Diallo and stretch forward Frankie Policelli, both 2018s, got visits from a Hawk assistant last week, as did new Roman Catholic (PA) shooting guard Allen Betrand. The Hawks also continue to keep a very, very close eye on Neumann-Goretti (PA) post Marcus Littles, St. Benedict’s (NJ) shooting guard Matthue Cotton, and Archbishop Carroll (PA) combo guard Justin Anderson. The Hawks have all sorts of feelers out in 2018 and continue to expand their reach.
Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for all the latest on Clifton Moore, Anthony Longpre, Isaac Kante, and this continually expanding list of 2018 recruiting targets.