ESPN: Is Penn State about to solve its hoops riddle?

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: Stevens Brings Size, Skill to PSU


Along with a bevy of guards, athletic wings and bigs who can all run and are in place for a faster brand of basketball at Penn State, incoming true freshman Lamar Stevens also often earns a mention. A mismatch with a “man’s body already” who will arrive at Penn State late next month with a 6-foot-7, 220 pound frame, Stevens serves as an example of what the Nittany Lions would like to see come to fruition next year.

“We want to run,” said Chambers, reeling off the names of Terrence Samuel, Shep Garner, Tony Carr, Nazeer Bostick, Isaiah Washington and Josh Reaves. “So we are athletic, we have speed, we’re really fast, we want to get up and down the floor. And Lamar is going to really be rewarded by running because he’s that good of a finisher and he’s that fast up and down the court.” …

Source: Rivals

Joe Hampton on campus this weekend

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.

Source: Rivals

Satchel Pierce is a Penn Stater

Bio from Virginia Tech:

Position Forward
Class Sophomore
Height 7′ 0″
Weight 255 lbs.
High School/Other Kiski School (Pa.)
Hometown Barberton, Ohio

Satchel Pierce Stats

Updated: March 18, 2016
2015-16: Scored five points in as many minutes while grabbing three boards against Alabama State in the season opener … Dished out one assist against North Carolina A&T … Grabbed a career-high seven boards, including five off the defensive glass, to go along with six points on a perfect record from the field against Northwestern … Scored two points with two boards in 11 minutes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Scored two points in as many minutes against Lamar … Contributed four points against West Virginia … Saw two minutes of action against NC State … Grabbed one rebound and recorded one steal against Duke … Scored six straight points for the Hokies and grabbed four boards, with one steal, against Wake Forest … Shot 67% from the floor for six points and snagged three rebounds against Georgia Tech … Grabbed one rebound in one minute of action against Notre Dame … Scored two points and grabbed a defensive rebound in 12 minutes against North Carolina … Saw three minutes of action against Pitt … Recorded one steal and distributed a season-high two assists in nine minutes against Syracuse … Dished out one dime and grabbed one board against Clemson … Scored one point from the free throw line in two minutes of action against Florida State … Saw two minutes of game-action against Boston College.

2014-15: Has played in 31 games, making seven starts … Had four points and two blocks against Maryland-Eastern Shore … Scored five points and grabbed three rebounds against Appalachian State … Had four points against Northern Iowa … Scored six points and added four rebounds against Miami (OH) … Had four points against Alabama A&M … Grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot against The Citadel … Scored six points and grabbed four rebounds against Presbyterian … Put up 10 points and grabbed five rebounds at No. 17 West Virginia … Had four points and four rebounds against Syracuse … Scored five points and added three rebounds at Florida State … Made his first career start at No. 6 Louisville, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds … Brought down six rebounds and scored four points against No. 8 Notre Dame … Scored eight point and gave the Hokies great play on defense against No. 4 Duke … Had five points and two rebounds against Boston College. … Had a career day against Miami, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

High School: Won a letter in each of his two years at The Kiski School, where he helped lead Kiski to two state championship runner-up finishes … Ranked as a three-star center … Invited to NBAPA Top 100 Camp … Played one year of AUU ball for Team Adidas PA … Was selected to play basketball with World Vision Sports in China for 3 weeks in March 2014 … Was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.

Personal: Satchel Paige Pierce … Born Nov. 16, 1994 in Barberton, Ohio … Son of Eddie and Tina Pierce … Has an older brother, Eddie … Plans to study business.

Tony Carr is USA Today’s PA Player of the Year

USA Today:

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


CDT: Penn State commits Carr, Bostick and Stevens lead All-State team


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

CoBL: Tony Carr PIAA HS Player of the Year

City of Basketball Love:

First Team

*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….

Fifth Team

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