Nov. 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University men's basketball coach Phil Martelli announced the signing of scholastic standouts Jawan Carter, Darrin Govens, Rockwell Moody and D.J. Rivera to national letters of intent. The student-athletes will enroll in the University in the fall of 2006.
"Jawan, Darrin, Rockwell and Derrick all bring a winning mentality. They've been in big games at their level. All four start from the defensive side which is unusual for young players," said Martelli. "They were anxious about our recruitment of them and were very excited about it. I believe they will bring a winning attitude to Hawk Hill."
Carter, a 6-0 guard from Chester, PA and the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE, earned All-State First Team honors in 2005. Carter averaged 26 points per game and made 55 3-point field goals last year as the team reached the state semifinals.
Govens, a 6-1 guard from Chester, PA and Chester High School, earned Class AAAA First Team honors from the Associated Press his junior season. Govens was the starting point guard for the Chester team that captured the state championship last year.
Both Carter and Govens hail from the same hometown as former Hawk great Jameer Nelson, while Govens also attended the same high school as Nelson.
Moody, a 6-9 forward, is originally from Washington, DC, and attends Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. He averaged eight points and seven rebounds for the O'Connell squad that went 31-3 in 2005.
Rivera is another local player for the Hawks, attending Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia. A 6-2 combination guard, he was an All-Catholic League First Team selection as a junior. Last season, Rivera averaged 15.5 points per game and helped Neumann-Goretti to the Catholic League title.