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Martelli checks in on handful of 2018 targets

On Saturday afternoon, St. Joe's had a home game against Richmond, one that the Hawks dropped 70-66. On Friday, Saturday, and Monday, the Hawk head coach was on the road recruiting. Find out who he was checking in on, and where the Hawks stand in those recruitments inside.

On Friday night, Phil Martelli was in Washington D.C. to check in on 2018 point guard Jared Bynum, of Georgetown Prep.  Georgetown Prep played Bullis (DC), dropping a tight 75-73 contest. Bullis features 2017 Penn commit Chyree Walker, as well as dynamic 2018 guard Vado Morse.  Morse poured in a game-high 35 points in the Bullis win.  Jared Bynum was the reason for Phil Martelli's trip south.  The 5'9 point guard holds a Hawk offer.  He was on campus earlier this season.  Phil Martelli has been down to Georgetown Prep multiple times this year.  On Friday night, Bynum hit five threes en route to a team-high 23 points.  Bynum is one of the Hawks' top 2018 point guard targets, alongside Rasir Bolton, L.J. Owens, Jalen Carey, and others.  The Hawks have made a concerted effort to show Bynum significant attention this season.

On Saturday night, after losing a close home game to Richmond, Phil Martelli made the trip to Bishop McDevitt to watch them play Trinity (PA).  Trinity has 6'10 big man Sean Good, who runs with Team Final on the AAU circuit.  McDevitt beat Trinity 54-50 behind 29 points from Jody Morales.  Good had 11 points in the loss.  Sean currently holds offers from the likes of Rice, Penn, Davidson, and Boston University.  St. Joe's has not offered yet, but the Hawks are keeping a close eye on the big man from Camp Hill.  

Monday night, Martelli watched two big men with Hawk offers square off when Valley Forge Military Academy traveled to Exton, PA to play Church Farm.  Valley Forge has 2018 post Abe Deng, who was at the Hawks game Saturday against Richmond.  Church Farm has 2019 post Jon Bol Ajak, who already holds an SJU offer despite being just a sophomore.  He, Isaiah Wong, and Eric Dixon are three early 2019 offers for St. Joe's.  

Deng, who holds offers from St. Joe's, Temple, and Old Dominion, was held to just 5 points VFMA really struggled, falling behind 13-1 after a quarter and 27-13 at the half.  Ajak, who picked up a Hawk offer over the summer, had 12 points for Church Farm in the win.  Church Farm is where current Davidson freshman guard Jon Axel Gadmundsson spent a year.  The Hawks recruited him, with Martelli traveling to Iceland to have an in-home visit and Gadmundsson taking an official visit to SJU.

St. Joe's is actively recruiting two guards and then a big man in 2018.  Over the weekend, Phil Martelli was able to see a guard with an offer in Jared Bynum, a big man with interest in Sean Good, and then a big man with an offer in Abraham Deng.  The Hawks are involved with so many 2018 targets at each position.  You have Rasir Bolton, Jalen Carey, L.J. Owens, Allen Betrand, Atiba Taylor, Jared Bynum, Matthue Cotton, Tavon Jones, Brendan Adams, Chase Audige, Noah Locke, and a number of others at guard.  Then you have forwards like Samba Diallo, Frankie Policelli, and Jake Forrester along with more traditional-style bigs like Abe Deng, Marcus Littles, Seth Pinkney, and Sean Good.  The staff has cast a wide net.  Just a matter now of hooking three that can make an impact, an early impact, on Hawk Hill.


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