So apparently two of Phil Martelli’s freshman are from Chester. This after Jameer Nelson, the most famous Saint Joseph’s graduate of recent memory, grew up in Chester and was HEAVILY recruited by Martelli. The Chester connection for the Hawks is getting pretty solid. 5’11” guard Jawan Carter (Tatnall, pictured at left) and Darrin Govens (Chester High). Both know each other very well, and both are good scorers. In fact, Carter owns the Delaware high school record for points with 2,464. His senior stat line had him scoring 28 a game, getting 8 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals a game. He was recruited by Villanova, UConn, Georgetown, and Saint Joeseph’s. A great crop of schools, and there’s no doubt that he will do well for the program. Here’s an excerpt from an Inky article describing his game:
“He seems to be a good floor leader, always talking on the court,” said Doug Overton, a former star point guard at La Salle and new assistant coach under Martelli. “He’s a point guard who can score. He can shoot and create shots for himself and other people.”
“A very cerebral player,” Martelli added. “Most of all, he’s a winner.”
And when Carter talks about the game, he echoes Nelson. It’s important to play the right way, he said, which means involving your teammates, knowing whom to get the ball to and when, and playing within the game rather than forcing the issue.
“I just think that’s how the game should be played,” he said. “The job of a point guard is to instill confidence in your teammates, and then they’ll put their confidence in you. When you create shots for your teammates, it makes the game easier for everybody, including yourself.”
Sounds good to me. A guy who can score a ton but is still looking for his teammates? We can always use one of those.
The Hawks will have to overcrome some adversity. Abdulai Jalloh transfered to James Madison after the end of last season for a ‘change of scenery’. That’s fine, but his scoring will be missed. Hopefully these guys can make up for it, and stay within themselves, which Jalloh had trouble doing sometimes during games.