6-10 Dylan Painter of Hershey is still on the board. He visited Villanova Tuesday and Wednesday.
Afterward, he spoke with Adam Zagoria (who used that nice photo on the right to illustrate the story):
As for Penn State, it’s about an hour and a half from his home, as is Villanova.
“I really like Coach [Pat] Chambers,” Painter said. “I think he’s a really cool guy. Non-basketball-wise, I like the school itself. I’ve been going there for years even before I started playing basketball.”
… I will spend the rest of my life serving as an ambassador for Penn State University. I want see hundreds, even thousands, of other young poor Black Philadelphia boys and girls experience life as a Nittany Lion. While I am leaving campus as a student, my heart and soul will always be present and accounted for in Happy Valley!!
I look forward to becoming an active member of alumni associations. I look forward to talking to middle and high school students about MY university. While I have to go work in France, I will return to campus as soon as the wheels of the plane touch down on American soil.
Thank you for believing in me. I hope I have been able to make you proud of me. …
Is it actually possible that Penn State basketball is recruiting Philadelphia better than any college program actually in Philadelphia? Who’d have ever believed that?
But, as of today, it’s becoming true.
On Friday afternoon, I began hearing some chatter that the folks at Temple believed primo top-50 Class of 2016 big 6-4 point guard Tony Carr was headed to Penn State to join former Roman Catholic teammates Nazeer Bostick and Shep Garner. If the Temple people were right, that left only Maryland as a serious player among finalists that included Southern Methodist (in NCAA hot water) and Providence.
But then, Villanova, perhaps convinced that 5-star signee Jalen Brunson will be a one-and-done prospect off to the NBA after this year, began coming at Carr pretty hard. Could PSU head coach Patrick Chambers and his former Nova-mob posse Keith Urgo and Dwayne Anderson, actually pry a verbal commitment out of one of the best rising-senior point guards in the country, let alone Philadelphia?
The answer arrived this afternoon at Roman when Carr announced his intention to play at Penn State. Danny Earl was the most heralded point guard recruit ever to sign for the Nittany Lions (in 1993). If Carr follows through and signs, he will replace Earl in that category. That’s how big this is….