A new name popped up on the Saint Joseph's recruiting radar about a month ago. On March 13th, Phil Martelli made the trip out to Grand Rapids, Michigan to watch 2018 forward Marcus Bingham Jr. Bingham had 12 points and 10 rebounds in front of Martelli in a playoff divisional win, and Martelli offered the 6'9-6'10 forward post-game.
On Sunday, Martelli made his second trip to Grand Rapids in the past month. This time, the Hawk head coach conducted an in-home visit with Bingham. St. Joe's, Toledo, and Oakland are Bingham's three offers to date, but that is sure to change later this month. Bingham is running on the EYBL with the Spiece Indy Heat. Among the schools expected to recruit Bingham later this month during the two live recruiting periods are Purdue, Maryland, Notre Dame, Purdue, and countless others. Living in Michigan, Bingham will likely become a Big 10 recruiting target this spring and summer.
So how does St. Joe's remain in the mix with all these other schools sniffing around? By doing exactly what Phil Martelli has done over the last month. Hawk assistant coach Mark Bass got St. Joe's involved early, and Martelli has visited a game, offered, and now conducted an in-home visit.
St. Joe's is involved with a number of high-level 2018 frontcourt players. Westtown (PA) forward Jake Forrester, Neumann-Goretti (PA) big Marcus Littles, Valley Forge Military (PA) post Abe Deng, New York combo forward Frankie Policelli, and Archbishop Wood (PA) shot-blocking 7-footer are all 2018s with St. Joe's offers, alongside Marcus Bingham.
Later this week, I will have a detailed preview of the April live periods, examining which Hawk targets in the 2018 and 2019 classes will be playing where. I am also planning to see 2017 Hawk commit Taylor Funk on Thursday night at the Donofrio Tournament in Conshohocken.