Jameer Nelson’s Son Decommits From St. Joe’s

Jameer Nelson in action for the Pistons
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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’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.

From Mike Jensen:

“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.

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19 Responses

    1. Angelo Cataldi is going to take a break from demanding that Brett Brown and Gabe Kapler are fired. He is going to let Phil have 4 hours on Monday morning so they can cry together on the radio.

      Then Angelo will go right back to demanding that Gabe and Brett are fired.

    1. In South Philadelphia born and raised
      On the playground was where cuz spent most of his days
      Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
      And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
      When a couple of guys who were up to no good
      Started making trouble in his neighborhood
      Cuz got in one little fight and his mom got scared
      She said ‘You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Washington township

      1. I whistled for a cab and when it came near
        The license plate said “Cuz” and had the Italian Flag in the mirror
        If anything I could say that this cab was rare
        But I thought “Nah, forget it, yo cuz to Paul VI

  1. While Phil is absolutely blowing this out of proportion, SJU’s handling of the whole thing has been a case study in bad PR. That he was let go wasn’t a shock to anyone (other than Phil, apparently). But that it was done via a cold, thoughtless memo rather than a press conference was cowardly and stupid on SJU’s part. It says it all that they rushed to hire his replacement and **announce it on Phillies Opening Day** hoping that the story would get lost in the shuffle.

    1. Phil’s negative reaction to being told about the change by the university president & AD dictated the SJU announcement.

      1. Not arguing that his reaction meant that Phil couldn’t be part of a peaceful passing of the torch — you’re right, he did that to himself. That said, Phil didn’t need to be a guest of honor at a an elaborate press conference (despite what he thinks) for them to at least have the new AD make the announcement in front of cameras instead of in such a cowardly, passive-aggressive fashion that put the program and the university in a bad light.

  2. “He also received offers from Hartford, La Salle, Rider, Siena, and St. Peter’s” Wow he is getting attention from some real powerhouses!! Major loss for SJU!!!!

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