PHILADELPHIA, PA (06/20/01) - Jamal Nichols, a 6-8, 225-pound forward out of Ben Franklin High, signed a Saint Joseph's University Scholarship Letter to play basketball on Hawk Hill at a media conference at his Roxborough residence. Nichols, the Markward Club's Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year, joins a stellar recruiting class made up of 6-5 swingman Pat Carroll (Hatboro-Horsham, Horsham, PA), 6-10 center Dwayne Jones (American Christian Acad., Chester, PA), and 6-3 guard Delonte West (Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenbelt, MD). A fourth team all-State selection and a first team Philadelphia Daily News all-city choice, Nichols averaged 14.9 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a senior. He has the ability to play inside as well as the permeter, and is expected to make an impact starting with the 2001-02 season. Carroll, the younger brother of Notre Dame standout Matt Carroll, earned second team all-State honors as a senior, averaging 15.7 points and sixrebounds. Jones, a three-time first team all-Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference selection, averaged 23.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and seven blocks per game in 2000-01. West, the Metro Player of the Year by the Washington Post, compiled averages of 20.3 points and 6.5 reboun dsas a senior. All three signed during the early period in the fall. Hawk Coach Phil Martelli, the 2001 Atlantic 10 and Eastern College Coach of the Year, returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters from last year's A-10 Regular Season Champion team that ended the year with a 26-7 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to top-seed Stanford, 90-83 in the West Regional. The 2001-02 team has already been ranked as high as 11th in the nation by CBSsportsline,com.