St. Joe's is actively recruiting a number of well-regarded prospects in the 2018 class. Players like Jalen Carey, Matt Cotton, Brendan Adams, Noah Locke, Jared Bynum, Justin Anderson, Allen Betrand, and others have been discussed on here quite a bit over the last few months. On Wednesday, a newer name appeared on the radar, as Phil Martelli traveled to Bishop Sullivan High in Virginia to watch 6'3 point guard Rasir Bolton.
Phil Martelli watched Bolton on Wednesday, and Wednesday night, Bolton tweeted out, 'Blessed to receive an offer from Saint Joseph's University.' Several other media sources also reported Bolton's offer. I heard from a source that I trust that Bolton actually had the Hawk offer prior to last night, but maybe Martelli's visit reaffirmed that offer. Regardless, this is a talented, smooth lead guard with size who would absolutely be an impact recruit in the Atlantic 10.
Obviously the difficulty with such a recruit is that the Hawks have some serious competition to land his services. Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Clemson, Penn State, VCU, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Hampton, Richmond, and ECU are just a handful of the other schools actively recruiting Bolton.
Bolton played his AAU ball this spring and summer for Team Loaded. Not only did he play for a terrific program, but he played up a level, spending the travel season as a 2018 playing on their U17 team. He didn't just play either. Bolton averaged 12.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists during the Summer Championship. During those nine games, he went 15-31 from three (48%). He was 31-34 from the line, good for 91%. This is a high-level recruit.
Whether St. Joe's has a legitimate role in his recruitment remains to be seen, but Wednesday, Phil Martelli made the case for the Hawks when he traveled down to Virginia for the star point guard. With Lamarr Kimble the only point guard on the roster in 2018, the Hawks have quite a bit to sell as well.