DeAndre Bembry chooses SJU over Temple

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St. Patrick’s forward DeAndre Bembry has become the second member of Saint Joseph’s 2013 class. (Photo: J. Robert Anthony/ESPN HS)

Tyler Sablich (@TySablich)

St. Patrick High School (NJ) prospect DeAndre Bembry has become St. Joseph’s second commit of the 2013 Class. The news was first reported by John DiCarlo of OwlScoop.com on Sunday afternoon, and later confirmed by Bembry in a post on ZagsBlog.

“I felt that St. Joe’s was the best choice for my career in college. My family also agreed that St. Joe’s was the best decision as well.

“Now with my committment out of the way I can stay focused on my grades. I am officially a St. Joe’s Hawk. (Editor’s note: Bembry signed his NLI prior to the end of the early signing period on Wednesday.)”

Bembry, a 6-foot-6 165-pound small forward from Elizabeth, NJ, has averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game throughout his high school tenure, according to MaxPreps.com.

A 3-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Bembry is “one of those players who occupies an inside role for his high school but demonstrates wing abilities during the travel team season. He’s a natural small forward maybe even a shooting guard with continued development.” He is currently the eighth-ranked player in the state of New Jersey. Bembry paid Temple a visit in early October, but has ultimately chosen the Hawks.

SJU’s 2013 Class consists of Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter center Jai Williams, and now Bembry. The majority of Bembry’s initial playing time may have to come at the two-guard spot, as Phil Martinelli’s backcourt will be losing Carl Jones, Taylor Trevisan and Christopher Coyne following this season. Williams, on the other hand, will join a Hawks squad that only features one true center.

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