Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Majerus The Latest To Praise The Hawks

If one listens to the coaches speak of upcoming opponents each week in the Atlantic-10 conference call, it sound like one big love-fest.

Majerus The Latest To Praise The Hawks


If one listens to the coaches speak of upcoming opponents each week in the Atlantic-10 conference call, it sound like one big love-fest.

Every upcoming opponent is made to be the best team this side of Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina.

Yet Rick Majerus of St. Louis is usually a straight shooter, but he’s also one who can throw out bouquets.

He did it when talking about St. Joseph’s, his opponent on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

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This is a key game. St. Louis (18-5 overall, 6-3 A-10) trails first place Temple by one game. St Joseph’s is 15-9, 5-4.

Majerus’s first player he talked about was 6-8 sophomore Ron Roberts.

“How many teams have the luxury of bringing in a leading scorer off the bench in Roberts,” Majerus asked.

Despite not having started a game, Roberts is averaging 11 points, which is fourth on this balanced team. He is second in rebounding, averaging 5.9 per game.

“I like how well they play together and share the ball,” Majerus said. “They have dimensions very few have.”

Majures also raved about the versatility of 6-8 Halil Kanacevic.

“He is a sensational passer,” Majerus said. “He has a great feel. He is a point forward and has the perception and skills of a passing guard.”

The Hawks will have to contain 6-6 St. Louis senior Brian Conklin, who is averaging a team-high 14.9 points and is second on the team in rebounding (5.4 per game).

St. Louis leads the A-10 in scoring defense (56.9) and scoring margin (12.8) and it will be interesting if the Hawks can get their transition game going against this formidable defense.

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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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