St. Joseph’s loses another front court piece for the 2014-15 season

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St. Joseph’s lost another piece in their front court on Monday as head coach Phil Martelli annoucned that freshman Markell Lodge will sit out the 2014-2015 season to focus on his academics.

“Markell, his family and I made the decision, while receiving input from our academic advising staff. We feel that he would benefit from placing all of his emphasis on academics this year,” said Martelli. “This decision is absolutely the right step for Markell, who has a bright future at Saint Joseph’s.”

Lodge was a three-star recruit, according to Rivals. He’s an athletic, 6-foot-6 forward Christian Faith Center in Virginia. He played his AAU ball for Team Loaded VA.

Losing Lodge is a major blow considering the number of pieces the Hawks front court will be missing this year. Halil Kanicevic and Ronald Roberts Jr. both graduated, and Papa Ndao will miss the season with an unspecified medical issue.