Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Got any shades?

... Our future's so bright, we may have to wear shades. Congrats to Phil, Mark, Geoff and Dave. It won't be long now.

Rumor has it that Langston's buddy verballed to Oklahoma State this week, and "uncle" Geoff asked, point blank, what the bleep he was waiting for.

The wait is over ;-)

Welcome to Hawk Hill Langston!

About a week after landing highly-touted recruit C.J Aiken, Saint Joseph’s has picked up another impressive recruit as Jerry Meyer of is reporting that guard Langston Galloway has made a verbal commitment to play for the Hawks next season. Galloway joins Aiken, as well as small forward Darius Quarles, on the list of players who have made verbal commitments to the Hawks from the 2010 recruiting class.

Galloway has played at both point guard and shooting guard in high school, but considering the Hawks personnel, as well as Galloway’s skill set, it is expected that Galloway will be a shooting guard for the Hawks. Galloway is listed at 6`3, 180 pounds, and is known as a tremendous competitor.

Besides being an athletically gifted player, Galloway is also regarded as a very good outside shooter, an area which is generally thought of as a potential weakness for the Hawks. Galloway has shown off these particular talents recently in the Delaware County Pro-Am Summer Basketball League, where he has reportedly more than held his own with established Division-I players, as well as even some NBA players. While a summer league sample cannot be taken as a true barometer of a player’s ability, the fact that Galloway is able to play well at age 17 against the level of talent playing in these summer league games certainly bodes well for Galloway’s future.

The commitment from Galloway likely means that David Bruce, who gave a verbal commitment to be a part of the 2009 recruiting class, likely will not be coming to Saint Joseph’s to play basketball. It is still possible that Bruce could come to the program as a walk-on with a promise of a scholarship when one opens up in the future. However, there have been no whispers of any Hawks players looking to transfer. Bruce has been on unsteady ground as he reportedly did not have a qualifying SAT score. The most recent SAT test was on June 6th, while the ACT was on June 13th.

As it stands now, the Hawks 2010 class clearly ranks amongst one of the best classes for the school in recent memory. With three players ranked amongst the top-150 recruits in the nation according to Rivals, it is also possible that some recruiting services will rank this class as one of the best 25 classes in the country.

Phil Martelli has rightly received some heat for not recruiting as well as many had expected after the success of 2003-04 season. However, full credit must be given to Martelli and his staff for the job they have done putting together this particular recruiting class. While the Hawks will almost certainly take their lumps in the upcoming season, as well as experience some growing pains with such a young group in 2010-11, the future certainly looks very bright for the Hawks. When 2010-11 comes around, the days of the team going only six or seven men deep, like they did this past season, should be a distant memory.

St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli has picked up a huge early committment from 6-9 rising senior center C.J. Aiken of Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Pa. High, one of the top five post players in the Northeast corridor.

1 comment:

  1. all good news, but now comes the hard part: winning.