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Jared Bynum becomes Hawks' first 2018 pledge

On Wednesday evening, Georgetown Prep (DC) junior point guard Jared Bynym announced his college decision via Twitter. The 5’9 point guard made an early commitment to Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. Get the full scoop inside.

Jared Bynym visited Saint Joe’s officially the first weekend in March.  And apparently that official visit, his first and only, was enough for him to make a decision.  Bynum attends Georgetown Prep and plays his AAU ball for the DC Blue Devils.


Bynum played up on the 17u DC Blue Devils team last year on the Under Armour circuit.  Playing up, he averaged 12.8 points per game. That was good for 30th among all active players in the 17u pool play, the majority of whom were 2017 recruits. Jared also averaged 2.3 assists per game, good for 31st in live period play.  


He put up huge numbers for Georgetown Prep this year as well.  He eclipsed 20 points on eight separate occasions, including a season-high 34 in a 69-66 loss to St. Stephen’s-St. Andrew’s.  In that game, he hit seven threes.  On the year, he shot 81-119 (68%) from the free throw line.


Jared Bynum is a member of the 2018 recruiting class, meaning that during his freshman year, Lamarr Kimble will be a senior.  Shavar Newkirk will have just graduated.  Nick Robinson will be a junior.  Charlie Brown will be a junior.  Chris Clover will be a senior.  There will be minutes to be had at the one, backing up Kimble.  As we saw this year, having depth in the backcourt is absolutely critical.


The Hawk coaching staff will be looking to add at least one more guard to this class.  6’2 Hackensack (NJ) guard Atiba Taylor is slated to begin his official visit tomorrow.  The Hawks hosted Rasir Bolton, a 6’3 combo guard from Huntington Prep (WV) earlier this week.  Matthue Cotton, the 6’5 Voorhees, NJ native at St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) is arguably the Hawks’ top overall want now just as he has been all along.  There are so many moving pieces.


But thanks to tonight’s commitment from Jared Bynum, the point guard position is on much more stable ground.  Bynum’s quickness, high basketball IQ, and ability to shoot it from deep have made him one of the more well-regarded players under 6 feet nationally in the 2018 class.


I reached out to Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow moments ago and hope to be able to speak with him in the coming 24 hours.  I am also hoping to speak with the newest Hawk, Jared Bynum, himself in the coming day or days.  Over the course of the week, I will roll out new content on Bynum and what his commitment means to the Hawks.

For now, this is a significant piece of news for a March evening.  This is one of the earliest commitments for Saint Joseph’s in recent memory.  In fact, unless I’m missing someone, it’s the earliest since Daryus Quarles committed in the winter of his junior year.  Charlie Brown committed in May of his senior year before prepping.  This is an early gift for the Hawk coaches and Hawk fans.  It will be fun following his play during the April live periods with the DC Blue Devils.  Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for continued insight into Jared Bynum’s commitment.

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