Welcome, Jamari Wheeler

Big pickup for Penn State after losing two guards to grad transfer.

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Welcome, Trent Buttrick

Trent Buttrick, a 6-8 under-the-radar stretch 4 playing in Naples, Florida (but originally from Bloomsburg) has committed to Penn State after a quick recruitment.

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Four top prospects visiting Penn State this weekend: HoopSeen

Corey Evans at Hoop Seen reports that this weekend is a big one for Penn State basketball:

Cam Reddish of Norristown, the Westtown School and Team Final.

Much has been said about the work the staff at Penn State has done on the recruiting trail. This weekend, Pat Chambers and his staff will welcome in four top of the line prospects from the 2018 class:

  • Myles Dread COMMITTED
  • Bryce Golden
  • Isaiah Mucius – NATIONAL RANKING: 25
  • Cameron Reddish – NATIONAL RANKING: 7

Source: Much has been said about the work the staff at Penn State has done on the recruiting trail. This we | HoopSeen

Sports Info: “#UNLOCKED” Web and social media series to debut July 27

Sports Info:

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State men’s basketball team, in conjunction with WPSU, has launched a web and social media-based series called “#UNLOCKED.” The videos feature never before seen access into the Nittany Lion players, coaches, staff and program.

Videos will launch on the team’s primary social media channels – TwitterFacebook and Instagram – while also living on GoPSUnow and YouTube.

“We want to give our fans and followers a look into our program they have never seen before,” Patrick Chambers, who is entering his sixth season as head coach, said. “This is an exciting time for Penn State basketball and we are looking forward to sharing the entire process with Nittany Nation.”

Shorter videos, like this inside look at Chambers watching his son’s baseball game, will be shared throughout the week while longer form features will debut on every other Wednesday beginning tomorrow, July 27. First Team All-Big Ten forward Jarrett Stephens will narrate the webisode featuring one of the first team practices during summer workouts.

All 13 scholarship players have been here for the second session of summer classes and working out together since the beginning of July. The Nittany Lions return three starters – Shep GarnerPayton Banks and Josh Reaves – and seven total letterwinners from a year ago. With the expected availability of UConn transfer Terrence Samuel and redshirt freshman Mike Watkins, as well as the highly-touted freshman class of Nazeer BostickTony CarrJoe Hampton and Lamar Stevens, the Nittany Lions have what CBS’ Jon Rothstein is calling a “legitimate Big Ten rotation.”

Season tickets for the Nittany Lions’ 2016-17 season are on sale now through the Ticket Account Manager (renewals) or by calling 1-800-NITTANY (new orders). Season ticket holders receive up to a 50 percent savings over the single-game ticket prices, in addition to a host of other season ticket holder benefits throughout the year.

CoBL: Penn State’s 2016-17 schedule starting to take shape

Marley Paul in CoBL:

Before diving into conference play, a young Penn State roster — expected to play five freshmen — will face some early adversity as games against at least five teams that finished higher than the Nittany Lions in the RPI rankings last season are already on the confirmed non conference slate. Chambers has placed an emphasis on strengthening out-of-conference competition for his team, which finished 124th nationally and fourth-worst in the Big Ten in RPI, with hopes to fare better in late season meetings. 

“I want to put them in the fire, early and often, and see how they react,” Chambers said June 3, addressing the media at the 20th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on campus, “and that’s only going to help us. 

“And there’s going to be good times and there’s going to bad times, that’s part of the process but when we get to January, when we play in that Big Ten I think we’re going to be that much prepared. Is that 10-3, 13-0, 8-5? I don’t know what it’s going to be, but it’s exciting to know that we’re going to face these challenges earlier and maybe get these guys a little bit further along by the time January comes around.”

Their non-con schedule is highlighted by meetings with three ACC teams (Duke, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech) and a trip to D.C. for reigning NIT champion Georgia Washington (the front end of a reported home and home series.) Penn State will face either Cincinnati or Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. 

The aforementioned teams scheduled for non conference play, except for 116th place Rhode Island, all finished in the top 70 in RPI.

“I did a lot of research in putting this non conference schedule together,” Chambers said, adding that he consulted with two people with heavy influence in the NCAA basketball committee’s postseason selection: ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi and an “analytics guy” from the Big Ten, presumably Kevin Pauga, who created his own algorithm, KPI, which evaluates and weighs each game played with an array of variables.

“So there’s no stone left unturned in this situation,” Chambers added. “We really put a lot of thought into this and I just want to give these kids a chance.”…

Source: Penn State’s 2016-17 schedule starting to take shape

NBA.com Season in Review 2015-16: Tim Frazier

NBA.com:

He was a revelation, a refreshing success story after New Orleans had endured a frustrating portion of the season filled with bad news, including key injuries, a losing streak and the vanishing of realistic playoff hopes. When point guard Tim Frazier signed with the Pelicans on March 16, they’d already begun to lose important key contributors to injuries and had dropped the first four games of a coast-to-coast five-game road trip. From just about the instant the 10-day signee stepped on the court at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, however, the Pelicans began looking like a more cohesive team.

Frazier made an eye-opening debut for New Orleans in a 15-point road win over the Kings, finishing with 14 points and nine assists, a sign of things to come over the final month of the regular season. Almost exclusively in a reserve role, Frazier was an effective scorer (13.1 points per game, 45.0 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range), but more importantly, he adeptly ran the New Orleans offense by consistently spotting open teammates for baskets. Frazier averaged 7.5 assists in his 16 games with New Orleans; if he’d averaged 7.5 over the course of the entire 2015-16 season, it would’ve ranked him tied for sixth in the NBA, behind only Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio….

Source: Season in Review 2015-16: Tim Frazier | New Orleans Pelicans