CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, via Hawk Hill Hardwood, reports that Class of 2014 Christian Faith Center Academy (NC) forward Markell Lodge has committed to Saint Joseph's. He joins guard Shavar Newkirk (NY) as the second member of the Class of 2014 to commit to Phil Martelli and the Hawks. Lodge will also join point guard Chris Wilson and forward DeAndre Bembry as North Carolina natives playing for St. Joe's.
Lodge is a high-flying athlete that stands 6'6" and weighs in at 190 lbs. As Rothstein points out, Lodge will likely replace uber-athletic, First-Team All-Big 5 forward Ronald Roberts who graduates in May. Lodge has the ability to play above the rim and is an aggressive rebounder. He is strong on the defensive end which will give him an edge to play early in his collegiate career as his offensive game develops. He can finish at the rim as he is a big-time dunker who excels in transition.
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