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Anna Pitingolo:

Penn State is coming off a season full of ups and downs, finishing 18-16 (4-14 Big Ten) and then bowing out of the Big Ten Tournament in the quarter finals after an exciting run.

“Something we definitely want to build on is those last two weeks,” Condon said. “I think our players saw what this team can do and what this program can do and in the offseason that’s kind of been the focus…we’d just like to keep building off that, and building off that momentum and hopefully propel us into another great year next year.”

Condon isn’t worried about getting situated into his new role, and credits his time with the program as helping to prepare him. With Daly as his predecessor, Condon is hopeful that he has learned enough from him and other coaches to succeed in this position.

“Working along with this great staff the last four years, I’ve definitely learned,” Condon said. “Working alongside Brian Daly the last six years up in Boston and here, I’ve learned from him and [Associate Head] Coach [Keith] Urgo and [Assistant] Coach [Dwayne] Anderson. I think I have a good understanding of what needs to be done in this position and I just hopefully can work with them to keep recruiting players that fit our culture and fit our system and fit Penn State University [so] that we can continue to build this program.” …

Source: Condon promoted to assistant coach at Penn State

Nate Bauer:

Welcoming inarguably the highest-rated recruiting class in the programs history this summer to go along with another pair of highly regarded three-star prospects already in tow for the Class of 2016, the Nittany Lions momentum from the tail-end of the season has carried over into the off-season.

“Its been great. The fans are so fired up for next year, and I think theyre excited about the class coming in and whats coming behind it. We have some momentum here,” he said. “I think there are schools out there that are getting a little bit scared of us. A little bit – ‘Wow. They’re starting to make strides, they’re starting to win some of those battles that we’ve lost the first three years…’ which is exciting.”

Wanting to take on the likes of St. John’s, Villanova, Georgetown, Maryland and Pitt, among others, on the recruiting trail, Chambers not so subtly acknowledged the program’s pursuit of big-time Philly prospects Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr, and the exploding recruitment of Dylan Painter out of Hershey.

Said Chambers, “We’re in the right battle. They’re getting after them, we’re getting after them. If we can win every now and then, that’s just going to help our program get from the bottom to the middle, middle to the top.”

Source: BlueWhiteIllustrated.com – Fans see momentum for Lions

Jeff Rice at 247sports:

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers can’t talk specifically about recruits — or their teammates — until they’ve signed, but he did discuss in general terms his thoughts on mining the same territories for multiple prospects.

“It doesn’t hurt to try to get a group of kids,” Chambers said during the Coaches Caravan stop in Langhorne. “That never hurts. And sometimes, especially with the trend that I’ve been seeing, it seems like kids want to go and play together, and trail blaze, do something special together.

“But I also think it’s really important to recruit the kids as individuals. And know that we might not get those other kids, but we’re gonna take this kid. And I’m damn happy about that.”

Chambers also talked about the importance of continuing to recruit the Philadelphia region hard. Four of the last 12 players who have signed with or committed to the Nittany Lions are from the area.

“We’re starting to work on the fights that maybe some of the prior (Penn State) coaches didn’t want to get in those battles,” he said. “We’re going to lose a lot of those. We get more ‘Nos’ than ‘Yeses’. But I’m not afraid to get in those backyard brawls and fights to get a kid, especially if I think the kid’s the right fit for us and I get it if he’s not. But we can’t fear that anymore. So we’ve got to get in it against Maryland and Villanova and Georgetown and Pitt and St. John’s.

“For us to be successful on a consistent basis, that’s the type of talent we need.”

Source: Chambers, Lions shopping in bulk

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BlueWhite Illustrated:

Participating in Oak Hill’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, [Josh] Reaves went home for the night, tied up any loose ends, and would be ready to move into his Penn State dorm room by Sunday afternoon. A quick turnaround by any standard, Reaves said being at Penn State was necessary to start working toward the bigger goals he believes will bring team and personal success in the near and long term future.

“I just can’t wait for it to get started,” he said. “I’m really trying to work on my body and getting it bigger so I can take all the bumps and bruises as the college game goes on. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold my own and just get my body to where it needs to be so I can do the most I can for this team.”

Source: BlueWhiteIllustrated.com – Reaves ‘ready’ for new goals

Joe Hampton back in the fold


Black Shoe Diaries on Shep Garner:

The Numbers

Min% ORTG POSS% PPG 2P% 3P% eFG% ARate TORate FTRate
Season 70.9% 102.4 19.0% 9.2 40.5% 33.7% 46.7% 16.7% 15.7% 20.3%
Conference-Only 74.0% 93.5 19.8% 8.9 38.2% 28.9% 41.2% 17.1% 14.4% 17.6%

To put “historic season” in context: it was historic for a Penn State freshman guard …. Throughout the season, Shep showed immense confidence in his three-point shot. He certainly had the green light from Chambers, and Penn State was a much better team when he repaid his coach’s faith.

Source: Penn State Basketball 2015 Report Cards: Shep Garner – Black Shoe Diaries

Dave Jones:

And everyone sees where Chambers and assistants Keith Urgo and Dwayne Anderson are going with this as far as further recruitment: Bostick’s AAU teammates on Team Final are a couple of 4-star rising-senior prospects the Nittany Lions would love to land – elite-level Roman point guard Tony Carr and Haverford small forward Lamar Stevens who is transferring to Roman – as well as 3-star 6-10 big Dylan Painter of Hershey. Bostick himself embraces his role as a recruiter:”You add more pieces like Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens and Dylan Painter and you can make a deep run in the tournament and show everyone that Penn State is back on the map. “You get a couple more Philly guys in there and it’ll make a difference.” Why? “Toughness. Philly kids, more than guys from other places, bring a certain tenacity and toughness that’s changed the game.”

Source: Nazeer Bostick adds to Penn State’s cache of Philly toughness, hopes to bring friends | PennLive.com

Bostick, right, and Carr helped lead Roman Catholic to a state championship. (Photo: Sean Fitz, 247Sports)

Jeff Rice at pennstate.247sports.com:

Among the many people who offered congratulations to Nazeer Bostick on Thursday night after the Philadelphia Roman Catholic guard announced he had committed to Penn State were two of his best friends, Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens.

“They were excited for me and real happy,” Bostick said. “I was hoping that I could influence them to commit next.”

Patrick Chambers has focused a large part of his recruiting efforts on the Philadelphia area since he came to Penn State in 2011, and those efforts have centered on Roman Catholic — which won its first Class AAAA state championship this March — more than usual in the Class of 2016.

Bostick’s backcourt mate through that championship run was Carr, the second-ranked player in the state and the nation’s No. 19 point guard according to the 247Sports Composite. The two will look to lead Roman (the alma mater of current Penn State point guard Shep Garner) to another title next year with the help of Stevens, who is transferring from the Haverford School and happens to be nation’s No. 25 ranked small forward.

“I’m really excited,” Bostick said. “Lamar is one of my best friends. We’ve got really good chemistry.”

Bostick hasn’t been shy about telling Stevens and Carr that he thinks that chemistry could work at the college level.”I think we could take the Big Ten by storm and show that Penn State isn’t just a football school anymore,” he said.

Source: Penn State commit Nazeer Bostick turns recruiter for Lions

City of Basketball Love:

“I’m a way better person off the court and on the court, I’ve got a lot more to improve and everything’s going right,” he said. “I’m working, I think I’m an all-around better player than I was a couple of years ago.”

One of four members of the current Team Final squad with a Penn State offer, Bostick admitted that being a trendsetter and convincing high school teammates Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens and Hershey’s Dylan Painter to join him at State College next fall is one of his main goals.

With four graduating seniors and one open scholarship in addition, the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff has plenty of room for growth in a crucial class–and getting multiple members of the Nike-backed AAU program would be a coup for Chambers and staff.

“I’m trying to get them all to come to Penn State,” Bostick said. “I think they all like Penn State, and if we get a couple of them, we would take the Big Ten by storm.”

It’s not going to be easy–Carr (a 6-4 point guard), Stevens (a 6-6 wing) and Painter (a 6-10 forward) each have over 20 scholarship offers, many from fellow high-major programs in conferences like the Big 10, Big 12, ACC and Big East.

When he gets on campus next fall, Bostick will join former Roman Catholic standout Shep Garner in Happy Valley, as Garner earned the starting point guard spot this past season, his freshman campaign.

Another Philadelphia native, Phelps School grad Mike Watkins, will start his PSU career in just a few months.

“I want to play with guys like them, and they’ve got guys I know,” he said. “Shep is a good player, Mike’s a good player, and they’ve got Josh Reaves coming in, a bunch of guys.

Source: Roman’s Nazeer Bostick commits to Penn State