Anthony Longpre announced his commitment to St. Joe's on Tuesday night via Twitter. "After carefully considering my options, I have decided that Saint Joseph's University is the best decision for both my academic and athletic future. I'd like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and everyone else who has supported me throughout this journey. I truly appreciate the many basketball programs that have taken an interest in me and have come to watch my games. However, I believe that Coach Martelli and his team is the best fit for me...I look forward to continuing my education and basketball career at Saint Joe's" read his Twitter post Tuesday evening.
Longpre actually just took an official to Princeton this past weekend, his third official visit. He already visited St. Joe's and George Washington. As of yesterday, Longpre was scheduled to visit Washington State and Kansas State officially the first two weekends of October. The situation at George Washington was understandably complicated when the Colonials let go of head coach Mike Lonergan while Longpre was on his official visit.
In the spring, St. Joe's landed its first 2017 commitment, from Manheim Central (PA) forward Taylor Funk. Landing Funk prior to the July live periods allowed the Hawk coaching staff to really hone in on Anthony Longpre, Clifton Moore, and other 2017 targets. Now, Funk and Longpre will be able to pair up in the Saint Joseph's front court alongside Pierfrancesco Oliva, Lorenzo Edwards, Markell Lodge, and others.
I spoke with Longpre's coach at Glenelg last month, and will be speaking with him again tomorrow. As I speak with Quinlan and Longpre himself, I will add quotes to this article. For now, the Hawks have their second and final commitment from the 2017 class. And it's a good one.