OT - St Joe's & 2004 opponent Rutgers Recruiting

Slow, slow week…

[b]Rutgers, Saint Josephs Pick Up Commitments

Big East and Atlantic 10 programs score perimeter commitments the day after the major camps have concluded.

St. Joseph’s had a tremendous year, going undefeated during the regular season and reaching the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. With that much exposure and success, the Hawks and their colorful head coach Phil Martelli will be looking to capitalize on their newly found name recognition on the recruiting trail this summer.

Yesterday the Hawks received their first commitment from 6’5 G/F Jordan Fowler from Montclair HS in New Jersey. Fowler was a senior this past season and is reportedly qualified, though he may go to prep school for a year.

We love Fowler’s toughness. He has a big-time body, and has done a great job transitioning his game to the perimeter. His outside shooting has really improved in the last year or so.

Right now it looks like Fowler will be heading to prep school, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if he shows up on Hawk Hill in the fall.

Rutgers has some playing time available, and for a Big East school, that usually means lots of interest from potential recruits. Coach Gary Waters and the Scarlet Knights are off to a great start recruiting the Class of 2005, as they received their third commitment yesterday.

6’2 combo guard Anthony Farmer from St. Augustine HS in Richland, NJ gave Rutgers a verbal commitment yesterday, joining already committed 6’5 WF Jaron Griffin and 6’9 PF Gerald Inman to form a superb “All New Jersey” class.

Farmer has tremendous quickness and is most adept at slashing to the basket and attacking the rim. He’s shown us that he’s a good shooter as well, with good form and shot selection. Some concerns existed about his ability to play point guard, since he was often played at the 2 in high school. However, we’ve seen him excel at the point in other settings, and think he’ll have little trouble making the transision at the next level.