The first live period of 2017 begins Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday evening. The St. Joe's coaching staff will be focused on four main events this weekend. Find out who is playing where and when below.
The Nike EYBL is arguably the top league on the travel circuit. The EYBL kicks off this weekend in Hampton, Virginia. Team Final is one team that the Hawk coaching staff will be closely monitoring this spring and summer. Team Final has 2018 Hawk targets Matthue Cotton, Marcus Littles, and Justin Anderson. All three hold Hawk offers, with Cotton, a 6'5 shooting guard, quite possible Saint Joseph's top remaining 2018 target. Team Takeover is also on the EYBL circuit. 6'3 2018 guard Wynston Tabbs plays for Team Takeover, and is another guard in that top tier for the Hawks. Team Melo, based out of the DC area as well, is another team that Saint Joseph's is likely to track heavily this season. 6'2 Mcdonough (MD) guard Noah Locke and 6'4 Calvert Hall (MD) shooting guard Brendan Adams, who both hold Saint Joseph's offers, are backcourt-mates for Team Melo. Cotton, Littles, Anderson, Tabbs, Adams, and Locke are not the only 2018 recruiting targets on the EYBL.
6'9 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (MI) forward Marcus Bingham is playing his first season on the EYBL circuit. He is playing for Spiece Indy Elite. Bingham has picked up a Saint Joseph's offer, had Phil Martelli watch a game, and also received an in-home visit from Phil Martelli over the last month-and-a-half. St. Joe's rising senior Shavar Newkirk played his AAU ball for the PSA Cardinals. St. Joe's is actively recruiting two 2018s from the Cardinals in 6'4 Hill School (PA) guard Chase Audige and 6'9 Westtown (PA) forward Jake Forrester. Both hold Hawk offers. All in all, there are roughly a dozen 2018s on the EYBL with St. Joe's offers, and that number will likely rise over the next two weekends.
St. Joe's lone 2018 commitment, Jared Bynum, runs with the DC Blue Devils on the Under Armour circuit. Under Armour's circuit will be in New York City this weekend. Sports U, which is the program that former St. Joe's standout and current Atlanta Hawk De'Andre Bembry played for, is also on the Under Armour circuit. 6'3 Hackensack (NJ) combo guard Atiba Taylor, who already took an official visit to St. Joe's, plays for Sports U and will be in New York City this weekend. Philly Pride, which produced rising Hawk sophomore Charlie Brown, will be there as well. Big-time 2019 wing Donta Scott, who picked up a St. Joe's offer this winter, plays for Philly Pride. We R 1 is another team on the Under Armour circuit. 2017 William Allen (PA) shooting guard Tyrese Martin will play with the We R 1 17s. 2019 Abington (PA) post Eric Dixon, who already holds an SJU offer, is playing for the We R 1 2016s. While the Under Armour circuit doesn't have quite as many Hawk targets as the EYBL, expect there to be at least one Hawk assistant in NYC all weekend, with Phil Martelli also popping in there for at least a day.
The one event that is the furthest away, but that I'd expect St. Joe's to still be in for, is the Adidas Gauntlet in Houston, Texas. While there are some secondary Hawk targets there, the big name for SJU is Huntington Prep (WV) combo guard Rasir Bolton. Bolton plays for Team Loaded. Over the last three months, Bolton has said in multiple interviews that St. Joe's is among the schools recruiting him the hardest and that he is highest on. It's going to be a tough, uphill battle here, with schools like Kansas, Villanova, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and others very much involved. However, he has already been to Hawk Hill on an unofficial visit. And he has said multiple times that he is high on SJU. While Houston is a trek, and there aren't exactly a ton of current Hawk targets on that circuit, I would expect St. Joe's to still make the trip solely to see Bolton.
So how can you possibly keep up with all of this? St. Joe's is currently involved with roughly two dozen 2018 targets plus nearly a dozen 2019s in the very early stages. Over the weekend, I will have daily updates here with stats and reports of where the coaching staff is and who they are watching. I know it can be confusing and overwhelming to track and follow, but I have you covered here.