Jared Bynum's commitment to St. Joe's last Wednesday wasn't the only happening in the world of Hawk hoops over the past week. It was, without question, the most significant happening. But Phil Martelli and the Hawk coaching staff have been working the recruiting trail hard in the week following Bynum's commitment.
St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli visited 2018 McDonogh (MD) combo guard Noah Locke on Sunday, a day after he turned heads at the Metro Challenge. Brian Snow spoke with Locke there, and he said, "I've been hearing a lot from Florida, Providence, Xavier, Saint Joseph's, Penn State, Kansas State, and a couple of others."
Locke is one of several high-end talents that the Hawks are involved with at the two-guard spot in 2018. 6'5 Saint Benedict's Prep (NJ) guard Matthue Cotton and 6'4 Calvert Hall (MD) guard Brendan Adams, along with 6'3 Huntington Prep (WV) combo guard Rasir Bolton, all fall in that top tier. Bolton was recently on campus for an unofficial visit, while both Cotton and Adams received in-home visits from Phil Martelli in recent weeks. He, and the Saint Joseph's coaching staff as a whole, have made it clear to these guys that they are priorities that they'd love to have join Jared Bynum.
Martelli was scheduled to visit with New Hartford (NY) forward Franklin Policelli this week, but I have heard that visit was pushed back to later in April. Policelli is a 6'7-6'8 combo forward who can shoot the ball from deep and has been improved off the bounce. St. Joe's, URI, and St. Bonaventure have all offered, and schools like Syracuse are tracking him heavily.
St. Joe's was also in this week to check on another 2018 forward this week. That forward is 6'9 Westtown (PA) big Jake Forrester. St. Joe's has offered Forrester, who has both grades and game. And due to that, his recruitment has exploded. VCU, Pitt, Kansas State, St. Joe's, Penn State, Seton Hall, Temple, and a plethora of others have offered Forrester. The staff, in particular Phil Martelli, have been working really hard here of late though.
Lastly, Martelli was in Wednesday afternoon for 2018 Hill School (PA) shooting guard Chase Audige. A high-academic 6'4 New York City native, Audige picked up a St. Joe's offer in October. The Hawks are joined by Rice, UMass, Drexel, and others. Audige is more athletic scorer than shooter at this point, but at 6'4, he is a dynamic athlete with true play-making ability with the ball in his hands.
Today marked the beginning of a dead period. That extends through April. The first live recruiting period is April 21st-23rd and the second is April 28th-30. During that time, the staff will be tracking the 2018s listed here and also getting a jump start on 2019 evaluations and offers.
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