#46 Saint Joseph's Men's Basketball 2012-13 Preview

Saint Joseph’s Hawks

2012-2013 Overall Rank: #46
Conference Rank: #4 Atlantic 10
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It seems like Saint Joseph’s has been a very young team for quite some time. They are still a young team with just one senior on the roster, but this group went to the NIT and returns everybody. This is one of the most talented teams Coach Phil Martelli has had in a while and Coach Martelli knows what to do with a talented team. His lone senior, Carl Jones, will be the leader on and off the court. Jones averaged 17.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals last season. Jones is a capable outside shooter and can beat just about anybody off of the dribble. If the shot clock is winding down, the Hawks always have their man who can make something happen.

2011-12 Record: 20-14, 9-7
2011-12 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Phil Martelli
Coach Record: 320-223 at Saint Joseph’s, 320-223 overall

Who’s Out:
When we say everybody, we really meant everybody. The Hawks do not lose anybody who played last season and the future is very bright with just one scholarship senior on the roster.

Who’s In:
Despite not losing any players, St. Joe’s has a few coming in. Point guard Kyle Molock will redshirt this year due to an injury. The frontcourt adds Isaiah Miles and Javon Baumann. Neither will be asked to do much this year, but there is room for minutes here and there. Miles should turn into a great pickup for the Hawks sooner or later. The 6-7 forward is a good athlete who can find a spot off of the bench this year. Baumann, a 6-8 German, will likely need a little more time to make much of an impact.

Who to Watch:
Jones is the not only great talent on this team. Fellow guard Langston Galloway is one of the best shooters in the nation. He connected on 46.6 percent of his attempts from beyond, but Galloway does much more than that. He can do more than just shoot and will do plenty of scoring inside the arc. Galloway is only 6-2, but he is a great rebounding guard and he is even a fine secondary ballhandler and defender. Daryus Quarles will likely return to the starting spot on the wing. The 6-6 junior was the unheralded starter for the Hawks last year, averaging a mere 4.7 points per game. Halil Kanecevic and C.J. Aiken will round out the starting five. Kanecevic had a great debut season with the Hawks in 2011-2012 after transferring in from Hofstra. The versatile forward led the team with 8.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. That does not happen too often. At 6-8 and 256 pounds, Kanecevic is a true point forward and opposing defenses always have trouble with him. The fact that the Hawks have so many scoring options does not make it any easier for the opposing defenses. Aiken is another big man who can step outside and knock down the mid-range jumper with consistency. His 10.9 points per game were good enough for third on the team and Aiken is a fine interior scorer. However, Aiken makes the biggest impact on the other end of the floor. Aiken is the reigning A-10 defensive player of the year after averaging 3.5 blocks per contest. As an upperclassman, the expectations are growing for Aiken.

Final Projection:
The starting five is solid, but the Hawks have a couple very experienced bench players who will play starter minutes. Ronald Roberts Jr. is actually the best pure interior scorer on the team. He averaged 10.9 points per contest and added 5.9 rebounds while entirely coming in off of the bench. When Aiken or Kanacevic need a break, Roberts can come in without a drop in production at all. Chris Wilson is a jack of all trades guard who averaged over 20 minutes per game as a freshman. Wilson is not much of a scorer, but he can replace Jones at the point or hit the glass from the wing and play some defense. Those two will get a majority of the minutes off of the bench, but St. Joe’s has Evan Maschmeyer, Taylor Trevisan, Ryan Hess and Papa Ndao are mostly younger players who are capable of stepping into a big role if the minutes are available.

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

Projected Starting Five:
Carl Jones, Senior, Guard, 17.0 points per game
Langston Galloway, Junior, Guard, 15.5 points per game
Daryus Quarles, Junior, Guard, 4.7 points per game
Halil Kanacevic, Junior, Forward, 8.3 points per game
C.J. Aiken, Junior, Forward, 10.9 points per game

Madness 2013 NBA Draft Rankings:
#20 C.J. Aiken
#73 Carl Jones