On Monday, Manheim Central (PA) won their opening round District 3 5A playoff game over Waynesboro. 6'9 St. Joe's commit Taylor Funk had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the 71-51 win, per Daryl Simione of PennLive. With the win, Manheim Central secures a spot in the PIAA playoffs and also advances to play Spring Grove in bracket play Thursday. That will be a fantastic match-up, as Spring Grove is led by Michigan point guard commit Eli Brooks. Brooks and Funk are long-time friends and AAU teammates with the Jersey Shore Warriors. They are also two of the best players in Central Pennsylvania. That game Thursday night should be a battle.
Glenelg Country School (MD) features 6'10 St. Joe's commit Anthony Longpre. Glenelg defeated C. Milton Wright 58-46 on Friday night in their season finale. Tonight, Glenelg begins the MIAA playoffs with a game at McDonogh. If that sounds familiar, it's because McDonogh junior guard Noah Locke is one of St. Joe's highest-ranked 2018 recruiting targets. That game is tonight at 6 pm at McDonogh.
The Philadelphia Catholic League semifinals are Wednesday night at the Palestra. Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood will play in a 1-4 matchup at 6:30, and that game is followed by a 2-3 matchup between Neumann-Goretti and Roman Catholic. Wood is led by Villanova commitment Collin Gillespie, and also features 2018 center Seth Pinkney, who holds offers from St. Joe's, Temple, and others. Roman Catholic junior guard Allen Betrand has offers from St. Joe's, La Salle, and more. Then you have Neumann-Goretti, led by Kentucky commit Quade Green and Villanova commit Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. Neumann also has 2018 center Marcus Littles, who holds a Hawk offer, and 2019 guard Chris Ings, who has visited Hawk Hill unofficially.I will not be there, as I'll be covering St. Joe's-Saint Bonaventure, but I will be at the championship game Monday evening. If things go as expected, it'll be Neumann and Wood in an instant classic.
St. Joe's will play host to the Philadelphia Public League finals Thursday night. It will be Imhotep Charter against Martin Luther King. Interestingly enough, Imhotep features 2019 wing Donta Scott, who just picked up a St. Joe's offer earlier this month. The 6'7 Scott projects to be a top tier player in the 2019 class nationally, but the Hawks have and continue to put in early work there.
One 2018 recruit to keep an eye on for St. Joe's is 5'9 Georgetown Prep point guard Jared Bynum. St. Joe's has worked tirelessly here and seem to be positioning themselves relatively well. Bynym turned in two terrific games on Friday and Saturday. In a win Friday over Landon (MD), Bynum had 22 points and 4 assists, hitting three triples in the 69-56 victory. In a 62-60 loss to Bullis (MD) on Saturday, Bynum poured in 26 points (three triples again) and had 5 assists. Bynum, Atiba Taylor, Tre Wood, and Kenny Jones are among the Hawks' top point guard options, with players like Rasir Bolton and Noah Locke combo guards who will be major challenges due to serious high major interest and offers.
As playoffs roll on and recruiting heats up, I'll update this bi-weekly.