The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will raise a banner representing the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship and then tip off the 2014-15 season when it hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, November 14 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m., with the banner ceremony taking place at approximately 6:50 p.m.
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• The Hawks return two starters - DeAndre’ Bembry and Chris Wilson - from last year’s Atlantic 10 Champion team. Bembry, a Preseason A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, is the team’s leading returning scorer after averaging 12.1 points last season.
• Saint Joseph’s begins a stretch of six games in 13 days, including a cross-country trip to #13 Gonzaga on November 19 for the NIT Season Tip-Off.
• This marks the fifth anniversary of Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena. The inaugural game was a 77-67 overtime win over Drexel on November 13, 2009.
• The Hawks will raise a banner tonight representing the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship.
• Phil Martelli begins his 20th season as the head coach of the Hawks. He is the school’s all-time leader in victories with 362.
BACK IN THE FOLD: The Hawks return two starters from last year’s A-10 Champion team - DeAndre’ Bembry and Chris WIlson. Bembry was the A-10’s Co-Rookie of the Year and the Big 5 Rookie of the Year after averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Wilson was the Hawks’ starting point guard and averaged a career-best 9.1 points per game.
RAISE THE BANNER: Saint Joseph’s will raise its 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship banner prior to tonight’s game. The current Hawks will be a part of the ceremony, along with three graduated members of that team - Colin Kelly, Eric Kindler and Daryus Quarles.
JAM-PACKED WEEK: The Hawks are wasting no time getting the season going as they will be playing six games in 13 days. After tonight’s opener, the Hawks will visit local rival Drexel on Monday night and then on Tuesday, board a flight for Spokane, Washington. SJU will take on Jesuit rival, 13th-ranked Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday and then return home to host Vermont on Saturday, November 22. The Hawks play another NIT game hosting LIU Brooklyn on November 25 before going to Madison Square Garden for a Thanksgiving date with Western Kentucky.
FOR OPENERS: Saint Joseph’s is 8-1 in season openers in the past nine years, with the only loss coming in 2010-11 versus Western Kentucky.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Saint Joseph’s enters the year as the defending Atlantic 10 champion, having won the program’s third title om 2014, which was its first since 1997. The Hawks went 24-10 and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in overtime to eventual national champion Connecticut.
PLATINUM PHIL: This is Phil Martelli’s 20th season as Saint Joseph’s head coach, and his 30th overall at the University after 10 years as an assistant. He is SJU’s all-time leader in career victories with a 362-247 record and is the longest tenured current coach in the Atlantic 10. Martelli owns a 178-126 record in Atlantic 10 play, which is the most conference wins for any active coach.
TOURNAMENT TIME: SJU is participating in the redesigned NIT Season Tip-Off. The Hawks will travel to Gonzaga on November 19, and then host LIU Brooklyn on November 25. SJU will conclude play in the tournament on Thanksgiving night when it faces Western Kentucky at Madison Square Garden. It marks the second year in a row that the Hawks will have a game on Thanksgiving - last season, the team took on LSU in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
HONORING A LEGEND: Saint Joseph’s is wearing a “JR” patch on its uniforms this season to honor Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who passed away in April. “Dr. Jack” compiled a 234-72 record and guided the Hawks to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and nine consecutive postseason bids from 1955-66. He went on to amass 864 wins in the NBA and helped the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1967 championship as general manager and coached the Portland Trailblazers to the 1977 NBA title. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
FROM THE START: James Demery becomes the second freshman in two years to own a spot in the starting lineup on opening day. DeAndre’ Bembry started all 34 games as a freshman for the Hawks last season and went on to earn Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year honors. Demery, a 6-6 wing, averaged 18.0 points last season at Northside Christian Academy in North Carolina.
WINNING WITH WILSON: Chris Wilson will be the Hawks’ starting point guard for the second year in a row. Last season, the 6-3 guard averaged a career-best 9.1 points per game and handed out 2.7 assists while scoring double figures in 14 games.
FEAR THE ‘FRO: DeAndre’ Bembry made a tremendous impact in his freshman year and the expectations are high for a successful sophomore season. Bembry was voted onto the Preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and is the only sophomore to earn that distinction. The 6-6 wing player averaged 12.1 points last season and shot 45.8 percent from the field en route to being named the Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year.
RARING TO GO: Junior Aaron Brown will make his debut after sitting out last season due to the transfer rule. The 6-5 guard transferred to SJU from West Virginia, where he played two years for the Mountaineers. Brown, from Darby, Pa., starred locally at Penn Wood High School, where he was an All-State selection and the Player of the Year by the Delaware County Daily Times. He averaged 20 points per game as a senior and helped his team to the state title.
ROOKIE STARTERS: Junior Isaiah Miles and redshirt sophomore Javon Baumann will be in the starting lineup for the first time in their careers. Miles has played 40 career games, and hit for a career-high 17 points last season against Loyola. Baumann, who redshirted the 2012-13 season, appeared in 15 games last year and was a co-recipient of the team’s Most Improved Player Award.
WILLIAMS’ WAIT: Also making his Hawk debut will be redshirt freshman Jai Williams, who sat out last year to develop his game. Williams, a 6-9 forward from Philadelphia Electrical and Technical Charter School, has lost close to 45 pounds since arriving at SJU in the fall of 2013, and is now down to 257.
SIDELINED SENIOR: Papa Ndao will sit out this season due to undisclosed medical reasons. Ndao, originally from Dakar, Senegal, is one of three seniors on SJU’s squad this year. He played in 31 games in 2013-14 for the A-10 champion Hawks, while making two starts and scored a career-high 13 points in SJU’s win over George Mason last year. He has played in a total of 85 career games for the Hawks, starting eight contests. Ndao, who has played three years, is on track to graduate from Saint Joseph’s in May with his degree in interdisciplinary health studies.
THIS DAY IN HAWK HISTORY: It was 11 years ago today that Saint Joseph’s started its memorable 2003-04 season. On November 14, 2003, the Hawks defeated #10 Gonzaga, 73-66, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden. That was the first of 27 consecutive wins for the Hawks, who went 30-2 and reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
HOLES TO FILL: Graduation hit the Hawks hard as Saint Joseph’s lost three senior starters from last year’s 24-10 team. The trio of Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., and Halil Kanacevic combined for 1,429 points, 681 rebounds, and 243 assists in last season alone. Those three were also 1,000-point scorers in their college careers and were Atlantic 10 All-Conference performers.
CAPTAINS OF THE SHIP: Senior Chris Wilson and sophomore DeAndre’ Bembry were voted co-captains by their teammates. Bembry becomes the first sophomore to be chosen a captain in Phil Martelli’s 20 seasons as head coach of the Hawks, and only the second in school history. The previous sophomore captain was Joe Oakes, who captained the famed “Mighty Mites” team in 1936-37.
WELCOME TO HAWK HILL: Newcomers on the squad this year are James Demery, Shavar Newkirk and Obi Romeo. Demery is a 6-6 wing from Northside Christian Academy (N.C.); Lodge is a 6-7 forward from Pace Academy (N.C.); Newkirk is a 5-11 point guard from Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.); and Romeo is a 6-10 forward from Greenbrier East (W. Va.). Markell Lodge, a 6-7 forward from Pace Academy (N.C.)., will be sitting out this season to concentrate on academics. Also new to the program are walk-ons Mike Booth and Kyle Thompson. Booth, the grandson of former SJU head and assistant coach Harry Booth, averaged 18.0 points at Bishop Shanahan High School. Thompson was an All-Catholic League selection at St. Joseph’s Prep.
FAMILIAR FACE: A Hawk favorite, Dwayne Lee, will be on the opposing sideline as he is an assistant coach at FDU. Lee played for the Hawks from 2003 to 2006 and was a member of the Hawks’ 2004 NCAA Elite Eight squad.
WAITING IN THE WINGS: Newcomer Skylar Scrivano is sitting out this season due to the transfer rule. A 6-10 forward from Doylestown, Pa., Scrivano transferred to Saint Joseph’s from Rider University. He started his career at Columbia University, where he played the 2012-13 season.
HOME SWEET HOME: This marks the sixth season of Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena. The arena was dedicated in October 2009 after a two-year expansion and renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, which was the home of the Hawks since 1949. Saint Joseph’s owns a 44-24 record in the five seasons of Hagan Arena, but a 363-106 overall record in 63 years of Hagan Arena/Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. SJU went 11-4 on its home court during the 2013-14 season.
NEW LOOK: Hagan Arena has a new look this season with the addition of a new LED centerhung video display system, which was supported by alumnus Mike Hagan ‘85. The display system is comprised of four individual video displays, each measuring approximately 7 feet high by 12.5 feet wide, and featuring 6 millimeter line spacing. These displays will light up the arena with their ability to highlight live video and instant replays. They can show one large image or can be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.
HAWKS IN THE PROS: Three key members of last year’s championship team - Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts, Jr. - are playing professionally. Galloway and Roberts will be in the NBA D League for the New York and Philadelphia teams, respectively. Kanacevic is currently playing in Slovenia.
PRESEASON PICK: Saint Joseph’s was picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, as voted on by media and the league’s coaches. The Hawks went 11-5 in the conference last season to finish in a tie for third place, but captured the Atlantic 10 Championship, the third in school history.
HELPING OUT: Kyle Molock had career-ending knee surgery in February, 2014, and will serve as a student assistant this year. Molock came to SJU in August 2012, but injured the ACL of his right knee in preseason workouts. That was the third knee injury for Molock, as he previously had two knee injuries which shortened his high school career at Dublin Coffman High School in Ohio. Molock is a junior accounting major at Saint Joseph’s.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Phil Martelli’s staff consists of three former Hawk players. Assistant coach Mark Bass, now in his 16th year, was a junior on Martelli’s first team in 1995-96, and as a senior, helped the Hawks reach the NIT Final in 1997. Assistant coach Geoff Arnold played for the Hawks from 1982 to 1986, and was a member of the 1986 Atlantic 10 championship team. Arnold was a member of Martelli’s coaching staff for one season in 1995-96, and then returned to Hawk Hill at the start of the 2008-09 season. Director of basketball operations Rob Sullivan was a member of the 2004 Elite Eight team.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hawks start a busy stretch, visiting local rival Drexel on Monday and flying cross country to Gonzaga for a Wednesday night contest in the NIT Season Tip-Off. SJU returns home to host Vermont on Nov. 22.