Jack Clark not only collected an offer from Phil Martelli and the Hawks' coaching staff this week, but also scheduled an unofficial visit to campus. Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love, was the first to report that Clark will visit Hawk Hill next Tuesday. Clark, an athletic wing who has grown roughly 4 inches in the last year, has been one of the area's hottest names this spring. In addition to St. Joe's, he's picked up offers from George Mason, La Salle, URI, Penn State, Bowling Green, Towson, Drexel, Norfolk State, Tulane, and Central Connecticut State in the last three weeks. During the two live periods, Clark averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 34-77 (44%) from the field and 10-36 (28%) from three.
In addition to Jack Clark, Phil Martelli also extended an offer to 6'7 Heritage (NC) power forward Jayden Gardner. Gardner has an extremely productive spring with Team Loaded NC, averaging a double-double of 13.9 points and 10.4 boards on the Adidas Uprising circuit. He shot 50% from the field, and 31-51 (61%) from the free throw line. New Hampshire, Toledo, Wofford, and St. Joe's all offered in the last two weeks. Gardner is really crafty around the basket, is able to handle the ball in transition, and uses his unique skill set at his size to his advantage. This is an interesting name moving forward to track as a frontcourt recruiting target for the Hawks.
A handful of St. Joe's recruiting targets in 2018 saw their stocks soar over the last two weeks. Two in particular probably to the point of now being out of reach. And that starts with 2018 McDonogh (MD) and Team Melo guard Noah Locke. Locke has scored offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Mizzou, Pitt, Marquette, St. John's, and more since the first live period began. St. Joe's was in the mix here. Phil Martelli was down in Maryland for an in-home visit last month. At this point though, I think this one has entered the realm of being a major reach. Add all those new offers to previous offers from Florida, Xavier, and Providence. Not easy.
Another spring blow up was Marcus Bingham, a 6'9 forward from Grand Rapids (MI). St. Joe's offered Bingham in March and conducted an in-home visit prior to the first July live period. The Hawks were in a really good spot there. Then two live periods happened. And in poured offers from Purdue, Butler, Xavier, Michigan State, Mizzou, VCU, and Washington. All of that based off eight games in two weekends.
St. Joe's 2018 big board is very fluid. As of now, two new names, in Jack Clark and Jayden Gardner, are in, while two names, Noah Locke and Marcus Bingham, appear to be getting closer to out of reach.