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Friday / February 23.
  • Konchalski Talks National Recruiting; St. Joseph’s Signs Trio

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    In this installment of our interview with recruiting expert Tom Konchalski, he talks about the national recruiting scene, in which a number of players will wait until April to sign: John Wall, Dominic Cheek, Renardo Sidney, Lance Stephenson and others. This interview was conducted prior to today’s announcement by Xavier Henry that he will attend Memphis.

    Tom also discusses the stars of tomorrow in this area, including St. Patrick sophomore wing Michael Gilchrist and sophomore point guards Myles Mack (Paterson Catholic), Davontay Grace (Thomas Jefferson), Myles Davis (St. Peter’s Prep), Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep) and Shaquille Stokes (Lincoln).

    Also, St. Joe’s announced the signing of 3 players…As reported here last night, David Bruce of Linden committed to St. Joe’s but will wait until April to sign.

    PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s University men’s basketball program has signed three scholastic standouts – Carl Baptiste, Justin Crosgile and Carl Jones – to national letters of intent during the early signing period, it was announced by head coach Phil Martelli.

    Baptiste is a 6-8, 240-lb. forward from Annandale, N.J., and North Hunterdon High School. He averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game last season.

    Crosgile, from Paterson, N.J., is a 5-11 guard from DePaul Catholic High School. As a junior he averaged 20.5 points and six assists for the DePaul team that went 18-5. In his sophomore season he helped DePaul to a 23-5 record and the Passaic County title.

    Jones is a 5-11 guard from Cleveland, Ohio and Garfield Heights High School. He averaged 25 points and six assists as a junior, while helping his team to a 21-2 record.

    “I’m delighted and deeply appreciative of the extraordinary work done by assistant coaches Mark Bass and David Duda in securing an outstanding recruiting class, prior to Geoff Arnold coming on staff. Mark and Dave were tireless in their efforts,” said Martelli. “The future of the program looks very bright. This class addresses the present needs and the opportunity for growth needed for us to stay among the elite in the Atlantic 10.”

    (Photo courtesy Herald News)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.