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June 25th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Overall Rank: #136

Conference Rank: #9 Atlantic 10


2005-06: 19-14, 9-7, 5th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT


Saint Joseph’s has always had an experienced backcourt player to lead the team to their recent success.  This year it was going to be Abdulai Jalloh, but he has opted to transfer from the Hawks, leaving a gaping hole on the perimeter. 


Who’s Out: Apparently there isn’t always room for Jalloh.  His departure does leave major questions in the backcourt, but he wasn’t always the best player to have around as far as team chemistry is concerned.  Numbers don’t lie and there is little doubt that Jalloh’s 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists will be missed…for a little while.  Fellow backcourt mates Chet Stachitas and Dwayne Lee will be missed just as much.  Stachitas shot over 40% from behind the arc and put up 13.3 points per game.  Lee has been a solid, yet overlooked, point guard during his tenure at St. Joe’s.  Last season he led the team with 4.3 assists and added on 10.6 points per contest.  Forward Dave Mallon earned 19 starts last year, averaging 4.1 points and 3.3 boards.  Seldom used Rob Sullivan and Jordan Fowler will also not be playing hoops for Coach Phil Martelli next season.


Who’s In: What do you do when virtually your entire backcourt leaves?  Bringing in three quality point guards is one option.  Darrin Govens can do a little bit of everything, averaging 13 points, six assists, three steals and four rebounds as a senior at Chester High School in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Govens should be the best option to start immediately for the Hawks, but he’ll get some competition from Jawan Carter.  Carter is a solid scoring point guard, but has no problem dishing first if need be.  That won’t be the case for now though, since St. Joe’s will take all the scoring it can get.  Derrick Rivera tends to get lost in the recruiting news headlines, but the combo guard is just what the Hawks need.  The 6-2 Philly native has decent range on his jumper and is a solid defender.  He could eat up his fair share of minutes at the two.  Rockwell Moody needs to work on his offense a bit, but the 6-9 center will provide instant depth in the paint.  Arvydas Lidzius returns to help out with that frontcourt depth issue.  The Lithuanian, who redshirted last year, didn’t play too many minutes during his two prior seasons with the Hawks, but you can never have too many big bodies.  The most exciting newcomer of them all is Jim Miller, the 30th student to don the Hawk mascot apparel.  My arms hurt just thinking about all that flapping.  Mr. Miller is now one of the few people who can say ‘I just flew in from Dayton, and boy are my arms tired,’ and actually have it be almost funny. 


Who to Watch: This is now Robert Ferguson’s team.  The 6-8 forward averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore last year.  With the focus moving from the backcourt to the frontcourt, Ferguson is ready to have a breakout season.  Speaking of breakout seasons, Ahmad Nivins showed promise as a freshman, averaging 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds.  The 6-9 Jersey City native came into St. Joe’s with the reputation as being a raw player with tons of potential.  With a year of Division I ball under his belt, Nivins has the makings to explode during the 2006-2007 campaign. 


Final Projection: With all the youth, I’m giving the Hawks one down year before they go back up to where we have come to expect them.  The starting lineup is pretty much up for grabs after Ferguson and Nivins.  Govens and Carter will be given a chance, and one of them has to start.  Pat Calathes, who came on strong at the end of his sophomore campaign, can play the two or three, but at 6-10, it would be an uncharacteristically tall lineup if Calathes sees tons of minutes as the shooting guard.  Sophomore Edwin Lashley will also compete for that job after seeing limited minutes as a freshman. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Darrin Govens, Freshman, Guard, DNP last season

Edwin Lashley, Sophomore, Guard, 0.9 points per game

Pat Calathes, Junior, Guard, 4.8 points per game

Robert Ferguson, Junior, Forward, 10.8 points per game

Ahmad Nivins, Sophomore, Forward, 6.1 points per game

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