May 27, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli has announced the addition of three players to the Hawks' program - Ronald Roberts, Patrick Swilling, Jr., and Halil Kanacevic.
Roberts and Swilling have signed National Letters of Intent and will be freshmen, while Kanacevic is transferring to SJU from Hofstra University. He will sit out the 2010-11 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules and then have three seasons of eligibility with the Hawks.
Roberts, a 6-7, 205-pound forward from St. Peter's Prep and Bayonne, N.J., averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a senior. He was an All-State Third Team selection and helped his team to a 25-4 record and the number-six ranking in the state.
Swilling is a 6-3, 210-pound guard from Brother Martin High School and New Orleans, La. He averaged 18 points per game and was an All-District and All-Metro selection, while also excelling in football. The son of former NFL player Pat Swilling, he was named the MVP of the Class 5A State Championship as Brother Martin took the title.
Kanacevic (kan-uh-SEV-ick), a 6-8, 245-pound forward from Staten Island, N.Y. and Curtis High School, was named to the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team. He was Hofstra's top rebounder this past season as a freshman, averaging 7.6 per game, and was third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points. He played in all 34 games, making seven starts, while averaging 26.9 minutes per game.
The Hawks' 2010 recruiting class was ranked as the 25th best in the nation by MaxPreps. Joining Roberts, Swilling and Kanecevic will be C.J. Aiken (6-9, F, Plymouth-Whitemarsh H.S./Conshohocken, Pa.), Langston Galloway (6-3, G, Christian Life Academy/Baton Rouge, La.) and Daryus Quarles (6-6, F, Paulsboro H.S./Paulsboro, N.J.)