Wednesday, November 12, 2008

3rd Place - St. Joseph's Hawks

Head Coach: Phil Martelli
Record on Hawk Hill: 261-152 (13)

Homecourt: Alumni Fieldhouse (3,200)*
*the bandbox known as the Hawk's home floor is getting renovated this year and they are playing most of their home games at the Philly Mecca for hoops: The Palestra.

0 Tasheed Carr Sr G 6-4 211
1 Chris Prescott Fr G 6-2 190
11 Charoy Bentley So G 5-11 183
13 Darrin Govens Jr G 6-1 187
15 Garrett Williamson Jr G 6-5 195
21 Temi Adebayo Fr C 6-10 216
22 Edwin Lashley Sr G 6-4 205
32 Idriss Hilliard So F 6-7 225
34 Ahmad Nivins Sr F 6-9 242
40 Bryant Irwin Fr F 6-8 230
45 AJ Rodgers Fr F 6-6 215

First 5:
1- T. Carr (transfer from Iowa State made an impact last season. not necessarily a true point guard, he provides matchup problems and excels in the open court.)
2- D. Govens (his outside shooting is a must for this team to meet their goals. needs to show greater consistency in his third year.)
3- G. Williamson (perhaps one of the best defenders in the A10. solid all around player capable of playing multiple positions.)
4- I. Hilliard (the player most Hawk fans seeing taking a huge step forward this year production wise. and they need him to because they don't have much to go on front line with Nivins that is proven.)
5- A. Nivins (if he stays aggressive each and every game this guy will play in the NBA next year. for those who say the A10 doesn't have quality big men this guy is in line with Camby and West as far as skill set. consistent production and aggression is all he is missing.)

Second 5:
1- C. Bentley (smallish guard didn't receive too many D-1 offers outside of St. Joes.)
2- C. Prescott (he will probably be a bigger player in Phil's rotation than Bentley as he can play the '1' also.)
3- E. Lashley (i thought this senior would have been a bigger part of things for St. Joes. up to this point he has shown flashes of a good outside shot to go along with good size. he is a possible breakout player.)
4- B. Irwin (big man was the Gatorade Player of the Year last year in West Virginia.)
5- T. Adebayo (nigerian big man has 'project' written all over him.)

I feel like the Hawks will be using a 7 man rotation by the time A10 play rolls around. I placed them so high because I love their coach and they have enough defensive talent to keep contests close, even when their shots are not fallen. And oh yeah they have my preseason pick for A10 POY in Nivins. I think he outshines Christmas from Temple this year and will be the 'man' for Martelli this season. Carr is your typical tough Philly guard and Govens and Williamson know their roles very well.

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