Looks like our future-conference mate SJU has received a verbal from highly sought after Ahmad Nivins of Jersey City. The Hawks beat out some pretty decent competition to get him (ACC, Big East). From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
[b]Sought-after forward commits to St. Joseph’s
By Ray Parrillo
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
September 16, 2004
At the end of St. Joseph’s memorable season, Hawks coach Phil Martelli expressed hope that his team’s success would open some doors to recruiting that previously were closed.
Apparently, that is the case.
St. Joe’s yesterday received an oral commitment from Ahmad Nivins, a much-sought-after 6-foot-9 forward from perennial national powerhouse St. Anthony’s of Jersey City.
Although Nivins did not play basketball until his first year in high school and came off the bench as a junior at St. Anthony’s last season, he is ranked No. 7 among New Jersey’s top prospects by Rivals.com, an Internet recruiting service. Nivins, who visited St. Joe’s over the weekend, also was recruited by Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Maryland and Massachusetts.
In a comment reported by Rivals.com, Nick Blatchford, Nivins’ AAU coach, said, “He’s an inexperienced late bloomer, but he’s got great athleticism. He’s a talent. Ahmad is just growing up right now. And with coach Bob Hurley working with him, he’ll maximize his athletic skills.”
Hurley, the longtime coach at St. Anthony’s, is regarded as one of the nation’s top scholastic coaches.
As a sophomore at Hudson County Prep, Nivins averaged 16 points per game. Seeking stronger competition, he transferred to St. Anthony’s but sat out the first 10 games as required by the transfer rule. He is a superb shot-blocker who must refine his offensive game.
Nivins is the second player to commit to St. Joe’s, joining Jordan Fowler, a 6-4 shooting guard from Montclair, N.J. The Hawks still have two scholarships remaining for the incoming class of 2005. The early period for signing binding letters of intent is in November.
St. Joe’s also completed its schedule for this season by adding Davidson, which will face the Hawks at the Palestra on Nov. 27. St. Joe’s opens the season at Kansas on Nov 23.[/b]
Speaking of Davidson, I noticed that the Wildcats have home games (real ones in Davidson, as opposed to the Duke game at the Coliseum) with Georgetown and Seton Hall this season.