Phil Martelli fallout.
You knew the Hawks were going to lose some commits when the longtime head ball coach was fired two weeks ago.
Jameer Nelson posted this message on Twitter early this morning:
— Jameer Nelson (@jameernelson) March 29, 2019
Jameer’s son is a 6’1″ point guard playing his basketball at The Haverford School. He gave St. Joe’s a verbal commitment and planned to join Martelli as part of the 2020 recruiting class. He also received offers from Hartford, La Salle, Rider, Siena, and St. Peter’s, according to the Inquirer.
The elder Nelson carried the Hawks to a 30-2 record and Elite 8 season back in 2004, then went on to play 14 NBA seasons. He was seen a possible Martelli replacement and actually interviewed for the job.
“I did have an honest interview, and a follow up face-to-face,’’ Nelson said. “So I definitely was given the opportunity to interview. I was told that I did a good job. What it came down to, some of the other guys just had more coaching experience. I get it. I definitely get it.”
Is there any chance he could end up on the Hawks coaching staff as an assistant?
“That question was asked of me,’’ Nelson said. “At this point, I’m not ready to answer that question, to be honest. I’m trying to take all the emotions out of it.”
I can’t see that happening now.
St. Joe’s has lost other commits in the wake of Martelli’s firing. Roman Catholic’s Hakim Hart pulled out of his verbal, along with Kenan Sarvan, a 6’9″ big from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia.