5’9 Georgetown Prep (DC) point guard Jared Bynum made an early commitment to Phil Martelli and the Hawks in March. For the Hawks’ sake, that may be a good thing, as Bynum had a really impressive weekend. His DC Blue Devils squad went 3-1 in New York at the Under Armour event. In four games, Bynyum averaged a team-high 14 points per game. He shot a combined 7-19 (37%) from three and 15-23 (65%) from the free-throw line. He had 21 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals in a Sunday win over Team Felton. All in all, it was an outstanding weekend for Bynum on both an individual and team level.
Also in New York over the weekend was 6’9 Team Charlotte junior Ian Steere. That’s a new name on the Hawk radar. The athletic power forward was offered by Saint Joseph’s on Saturday. Steere was fantastic all weekend long. Steere had a breakout 24 point game Saturday in a 79-76 loss to Florida’s Team Breakdown. Steere averaged 10.75 over the weekend’s four games, in which Team Charlotte went 1-3. Tennessee and Creighton are among Steere’s other offers, with South Carolina and more involved.
Sports U junior guard Atiba Taylor holds a St. Joe’s offer and already visited Hawk Hill. Taylor shot 9-30 in four games, and 0-8 from downtown. Taylor had his best game of the weekend Sunday in a blowout win, scoring 9 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 boards.
For Philly Pride, Allen Betrand holds a Hawk offer. He averaged 7.75 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 4-0 weekend. The area where Betrand will have to show improvement is his perimeter shooting, and he was just 2-12 this weekend. He does a little bit of everything else though, including winning. And Philly Pride did nothing but win this weekend at Under Armour.
Switching up now, we move to Adidas. Phil Martelli spent the weekend in Dallas watching the Adidas circuit. Frankie Policelli and Samba Diallo play for the NY Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are on the lower level circuit, where they went 4-0. Unfortunately stats for those games are unavailable. Martelli was also there for Team Loaded VA guard Rasir Bolton.
Bolton is a consensus top 150 level recruit. He has listed St. Joe’s, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Kansas, and others as some of the main schools in his recruitment. Team Loaded went 2-2 over the weekend, and Bolton averaged 9.8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Those are solid numbers. He didn’t shoot it well though, going 39% from the field and 0-9 from three. He did shoot 19-24 (79%) from the line though. Rasir also had 15 turnovers to his 8 assists. It will be interesting to see if any of the high-level schools on his list that are monitoring his progress offer based on his weekend or wait to see how he performs next weekend first.
Now we move over to the Nike EYBL. That’s where Dave Duda was camped out all weekend. One of the Hawks’ top overall targets, Matthue Cotton, was among those in action. Cotton averaged 5.5 points, 2.5 boards, and 1.75 assists in the four games with Team Final. A shooter, Matt struggled from deep all weekend, finishing just 4-16 (25) from downtown. From St. Joe’s standpoint, that may not be a bad thing. The Hawks are trying to fend off a plethora of high major schools for the Voorhees, New Jersey native’s services.
Of St. Joe’s targets, the most likely to blow up based on the weekend’s performances is top 100 McDonogh (MD) and Team Melo shooting guard Noah Locke. One of the best offensive guards on the East Coast, Locke backed that reputation up. He averaged 16.5 points over the four games this weekend. He went 9-20 (45%) from deep and 25-51 (49%) from the field overall. Providence, Xavier, Florida, and St. Joe’s are among his main schools now, but look for that list to explode, and soon.
This was Marcus Bingham Jr’s first weekend on the EYBL. He is playing with Spiece Indy Heat. Bingham’s number aren’t eye-popping, but he put together a nice weekend. He averaged 6.25 points and 4 boards in four games. Bingham shot 10-18 (56%) from the field and 3-7 (43%) from deep. It will be very interesting to see what happens with Bingham’s stock this spring. He has a Hawk offer and Phil Martelli conducted an in-home visit. Now what happens if Michigan State or Notre Dame or Purdue or another school that’s involved offers? If he has another weekend like this, we just may find out.
Marcus Bingham isn’t the only Michigan player on the EYBL with a Hawk offer. Duane Washington Jr plays for The Family and also holds an offer from SJU. Phil Martelli conducted an in-home visit here on the same trip as Bingham’s. Washington had a big-time weekend, averaging 14.75 points, 2.5 boards, and 2.25 assists. He went 23-45 (51%) from the field and 6-17 (35%) from three. St. Joe’s, Duquesne, Loyola, Oakland, Detroit, and Toledo are among his offers, but like Bingham, he has a handful of Big 10 schools sniffing around. I’d imagine his stock is trending up after his strong weekend in Hampton.
Hill School (PA) 2018 guard Chase Audige is a New York native, so it makes sense that he runs with the NYC-based PSA Cardinals. Audige averaged 9.25 points per game over the weekend. Audige is a terrific slasher, and he lived at the line this weekend. Chase shot 14-19 (74%) from the stripe in four games. His biggest area for improvement is shooting, and he was respectable in that field this weekend. Audige went 3-9 (33%) from deep and 10-26 (38%) from the field. At a strong and athletic 6’4, Audige would be a very interesting piece next to a small, sharp-shooting point guard like Jared Bynum.
DC shooting guard Wynston Tabbs recently called St. Joe’s one of three schools recruiting him hardest, alongside Penn State and George Washington. Tabbs runs with the famed Team Takeover program out of Washington DC. Tabbs entered this past weekend as a player many expected to make a major jump in terms of offers and interest. We will see if that happens. He averaged 7.25 points over four games with TTO, shooting 11-32 (34%) from the field and 4-11 (36%) from deep.
In the mold of Wynston Tabbs, Allen Betrand, and Chase Audige is NJ Playaz guard Tavon Jones, from Linden (NJ). Jones had a monster 29-point eruption Saturday night against Meanstreats. He finished up four games in Hampton averaging 12.75 points and 5.25 boards. Tavon shot 1-5 (20%) from three, 18-39 (49%) from the field, and 14-25 (56%) from the line. Seton Hall, Stony Brook, and St. Joe’s are among Jones’ offers.
All in all, it was an incredibly busy first live period. For the players. For the coaches. And for media attempting to keep up with everything. This covers just about everything from that first live period. Did you like this? If so, we get to do it all over again this weekend. The second spring live period kicks off Friday. Just like this past weekend, Hawk Hill Hardwood is the place to keep track of all things Saint Joseph’s.