Posts for st. joes

Delonte West Needs Help

Kevin Kinkead - January 21, 2020

Former Saint Joe’s star Delonte West is in the news cycle this morning after a pair of videos were published online, one of him getting beat up in the middle of the street, followed by a discussion with authorities in which most of what he says is indiscernible.

West, you may know, is bipolar and has struggled with his mental health following an NBA career that saw him play for the Celtics, Sonics, Cavaliers, and Mavericks. These are the videos in question, which resulted in public comments from Jameer Nelson, Phil Martelli, and others looking to get him help:

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St. Joe’s Beat UConn on the Road

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2019

Wait, what?

Yes it’s true, the Hawk, which will never die, went up to Storrs last night and beat UConn at Gampel Pavilion.

Dan Hurley’s Huskies are a far cry from the Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie title-winning squads, but for St. Joe’s to get a win up there is rather significant, especially when you consider the fact that SJU was coming off a 13-point loss to Old Dominion with Billy Lange coaching his third game for the Hawks.

Ryan Daly ripped off 30 points while Hurley said this after the game:

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Phil Martelli to Michigan is a “Done Deal”

Kevin Kinkead - June 3, 2019

According to numerous reports:

He’ll be an assistant to Juwan Howard, who served on Erik Spoelstra’s Miami staff from 2013 to 2019 and is now taking his first head coaching job.

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

Kevin Kinkead - March 29, 2019

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.

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Report: St. Joe’s Targeting Billy Lange as Phil Martelli’s Replacement

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2019

Mike has been covering college hoops in Philly for a long time, so I would trust his sources on this one:

Lange is an assistant coach on Brett Brown’s staff and this year took over the defensive duties vacated by Lloyd Pierce, who left for Atlanta at the end of last season. He’s been with Brown since 2013 after spending two years as Jay Wright’s #2 in Villanova.

Lange is a Philly-area native, having graduated from Bishop Eustace Prep School and Rowan University. He coached the Naval Academy from 2004 to 2011 and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 1999-2001, in addition to serving as an assistant with Nova (2001 to 2004), La Salle (1998-1999), and Philadelphia (1996-1998).

The timing of this isn’t great, with the playoffs approaching for the Sixers. We can ask Brett about it tomorrow before the Nets game.

Phil Martelli Says Saint Joe’s Firing Cut Out His Heart

Kevin Kinkead - March 22, 2019

I’m in the camp of people who feel this way about Phil Martelli:

“Phil, much respect to you. We appreciate everything you’ve done here in 30+ years. It’s time for new blood and it’s time to move in a different direction.”

Is that off-base? The days of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West are long gone, 15 years gone, to be exact. St. Joe’s has won a single NCAA tournament game since, while failing to claim a regular season Atlantic 10 title. For all of the great things Martelli did in building the Hawks’ basketball program, the results on the floor were not what they should have been over the past decade.

That’s my take as a neutral, as someone who didn’t go a Big Five school but enjoyed watching SJU hit the Elite Eight back in the day. Phil was always very good to us at CBS 3 and seemed like a straight-up and honest dude, a real down to Earth type of person. New Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner, who took over after 350 years of Don DiJulia, could have and should have done a much better job transitioning from Martelli to whoever is the next head men’s basketball coach.

Phil went on 94 WIP with Angelo Cataldi this morning to talk about his firing, and said the following, after the jump:

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Is Villanova a Philly School? Please Stop Using the “City Limits” Argument

Kevin Kinkead - March 20, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when we debate whether or not Villanova is a “Philly school,” as if it even really matters (spoiler: it doesn’t). It’s just something people say to discredit the basketball program instead of rightfully applauding Jay Wright and his players for their elite-level achievements over the past few seasons.

Now, I PERSONALLY BELIEVE that Villanova, despite campus not being physically located within the Philadelphia city limits, is a “Philly school” for the following reasons:

  1. they play a number of home games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  2. they also play some non-Penn Big Five games at the Palestra, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  3. Jay Wright has always recruited players like Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Maalik Wayns, who come from high schools in the Philadelphia city limits
  4. thousands of people came to watch their national championship parades, which took place within the Philadelphia city limits
  5. they garner more media attention from outlets within the Philadelphia city limits (because they’re a bigger and better program)
  6. the Big Five website describes involved programs as “five prestigious Philadelphia universities”

Those are my arguments.

Please do not give me the geography thing. The geography thing holds up worse than a wet paper bag receiving a Jorge Masvidal left hook.

For instance, St. Joe’s is literally 20 feet from Montgomery County, yet Hawk fans will claim SJU as a “Philly school,” even though it’s closer to Bala Cynwyd, where houses go for upwards of half a million dollars, than any typical Philadelphia neighborhood. Plus, most of the people on both sides of the argument are white kids who grew up in the suburbs anyway.

But if we have to do the geography argument, consider this:

You know how Mike Trout is such a Philly dude? How he lives and breathes Philly sports despite committing his future to the Angels? He’s from Millville, which is 44.7 miles and 48 minutes from City Hall.

Here, see for yourself, after the jump:

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Emotional Jay Wright on Phil Martelli’s Firing

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2019

I don’t know what this is. I didn’t know Mike Shh-shef-sky hosted a radio show on Sirius XM.

But here we are, with Villanova head coach and Kyle Scott man-crush Jay Wright hopping on “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.” Wright was a bit choked up talking about the departure of Big Five brother Phil Martelli from St. Joe’s:

“I’m really shocked.”

Well, I think it was time for new blood. That’s my opinion as an outsider.

FYI Jay Wright was 14-4 against Phil Martelli and won seven Holy War games in a row.