Nice publicity for St. Joe's.
This winter could be one of those special seasons at Saint Joseph's, and everyone seems to know it. The fall semester has barely started on Hawk Hill, but the basketball buzz is palpable. Very palpable.
"Everybody can't wait, including us, all the students," said junior forward C.J. Aiken. "They've been yelling on campus, telling us they can't wait for the season. They're all excited. We can't wait, either."
There's ample reason to be amped for what should be the Hawks' most successful season since the Jameer Nelson/Delonte West squad fell one bucket short of the Final Four in 2004. Saint Joseph's, literally, brings everyone back from a 20-win team a season ago, one that was loaded with underclassmen who now have matured into an upperclass core. The Hawks have size, they have depth, they have (some) shooting, and they have a coach who has won over 300 games at the school.