Dana O’Neil at ESPN:
With this year’s incoming class, Patrick Chambers finally might have solved the riddle. The Penn State head coach signed three players from Philadelphia Catholic League traditional power Roman Catholic High School, signings that not only instantly make the Nittany Lions better but as important, give the program a legitimate footprint in Philly and a hope for the future. Because if this quartet, a class currently ranked 25th in the nation, performs well, there’s no doubt other Philly kids will consider making the quick trip west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to play basketball.
Now or never might seem a bit dramatic, but really if not now, when will Penn State change the tune on its basketball program?
Source: Looking ahead: Is Penn State about to solve its hoops riddle? – Men’s College Basketball Blog- ESPN
BWI reports that Joe Hampton is enrolling Saturday:
Taking classes in both the first and second academic summer sessions lasting six weeks beginning Monday and lasting through August, it’s a jump Nittany Lion head coach Patrick Chambers is excited to have Hampton start. And, even though Hampton missed all of Oak Hill’s season, he has been medically cleared to participate and work out, which he’s already doing.
“He’s running, he’s shooting, he’s working out,” said Chambers. “But this is a whole new level of mentality, new level of physicality, of conditioning, of weight lifting, of intensity. So I always say we’ll put the training wheels on and hopefully we’ll take them off by the fall.”
Suffering the setback in October, Hampton has used the time since to rehabilitate the knee to the point where the possibility of participation for the 2016-17 season is on the table, said Chambers.
“The injury hurt him a little bit, but he’s already eating well, he’s already listening to us, he’s already doing what he’s supposed to do,” said Chambers. “I look for him Summer Session II to be 100 percent, full force.
Player of the Year
Tony Carr, G, Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), 6-3/170, Sr.
The ultimate big-game point guard, Carr lifted the Cahillites to a second straight Class AAAA state championship, averaging 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Ranked as the No. 41 recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, Carr will play next year at Penn State, alongside two of his current Roman Catholic teammates.
Source: 2015-16 ALL-USA Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Team | | USA Today High School Sports
After leading Roman Catholic to the PIAA title, Penn State signees Tony Carr, Nazeer Bostick and Lamar Stevens were each named Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State first-team selections in Class AAAA on Saturday.
Carr, Bostick and Stevens led Roman Catholic to a 73-62 win over Allderdice in the state championship game in March, capturing the school’s second straight title. Stevens had 27 points and seven rebounds in the title game, while Bostick added 15 points and Carr had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Carr repeated as the Class AAAA Player of the Year.
Allderdice’s James Jackson, Reading’s Lonnie Walker IV and Hershey’s Dylan Painter rounded out the Class AAAA first team….
Other targets are on the list.
Source: Penn State commits Carr, Bostick and Stevens lead All-State boys’ basketball team | Centre Daily Times
City of Basketball Love:
*Tony Carr (Sr./Roman Catholic)
The 2016 CoBL High School Player of the Year, Carr capped a terrific three-year run at Roman with his second consecutive Catholic League, District 12 and PIAA Class AAAA state title, going out with one of the more impressive legacies at a school known for its hoops tradition.
A 6-foot-4 point guard, Carr averaged 14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 5.5 apg for the Cahillites, who went 79-11 over the last three seasons with him at the helm. A true “big game” point guard, Carr certainly seemed to step up when the stage called for it, playing some of his best ball on the courts at the Palestra, Hagan Arena and Hershey’s GIANT Center.
This fall, along with two of his Roman teammates, he’ll be headed up to Penn State to play for Pat Chambers, where he’ll be counted on to help build up a Nittany Lions program that’s never been considered a hoops powerhouse but has its eye on getting there….
Lamar Stevens (Sr./Roman Catholic)
Since transferring from the Haverford School to spend his senior season with best friend Carr and the state-champion Cahillites, the Penn State commit took the Catholic League by storm in his lone season at Roman. Averaging 15 ppg this year, the 6-7 Stevens showed off outstanding highlight-reel athleticism in helping his team defend its title, sealing the win with several major throw-downs in the fourth quarter. A powerful, athletic wing, Stevens looks like he’s ready for the rigors of the Big Ten….
Nazeer Bostick (Sr./Roman Catholic)
”The Horse” helped Roman to back-to-back state titles, averaging 11.6 ppg for the season but 13.5 ppg during the playoffs. Penn State-bound 6-4 wing is a tenacious rebounder and defender….
Source: Carr named CoBL PIAA HS Player of the Year