Tony Carr tops Inquirer All-SE Pa. team;Stevens is Daily News Player of the Year

Philadelphia Inquirer:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tony Carr, guard, Roman Catholic

Penn State coach Pat Chambers smartly focused on landing the senior floor general and made regular trips from State College to Broad and Vine.

Carr is a terrific ball handler and penetrator, an excellent distributor in transition and halfcourt sets, and a clutch performer in pressure situations.

The 6-foot-4 dynamo averaged 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.1 steals while leading the Cahillites to a 27-4 mark and their second straight PIAA Class 4A state title….

Source: Roman’s Carr tops All-Southeastern Pa. boys’ team

Philadelphia Daily News:

ON THE grandest stages in the area, Lamar Stevens was flat-out dominant for Roman Catholic this season.

The 6-7 senior forward and Penn State signee possesses a combination of speed, athleticism and power that helped the Cahillites repeat a threepeat, again claiming PIAA Class AAAA gold along with the AAAA city title and the coveted Catholic League championship.

In those three contests, Stevens, who transferred in this season from the Haverford School, averaged 20 points, 9.6 rebounds and shot 55 percent (22-for-40) from the field.

That’s part of why Stevens, in conjunction with the Daily News All-City team, is our Player of the Year….

Source: Roman’s Lamar Stevens is Daily News Player of the Year

Jones: “Light came on” for Brandon Taylor and it lit the way for Penn State basketball

Dave Jones at PennLive:

You never know quite when “the light will come on for certain players. Or if it will at all. But when it does, the result can give light for an entire team.

That’s what happened for Brandon Taylor and the Penn State basketball squad this year. The senior power forward turned from a one-dimensional pop-4 corner 3-point specialist – the sort of guy everyone kind of gets tired of in pick-up ball because he has a big body but never mixes it up inside – to a versatile, driven all-around force.

That the Nittany Lions enter the Big Ten tournament with a 7-11 league record, their best in the 5-year regime of Patrick Chambers, is largely a credit to Taylor. He has made this happen with a limited roster more than anyone else. And in a transition year in which 4 or 5 Big Ten wins would have been more expected, it was a very welcome development for the coach:

“It’s funny, I just had him in here,” said Chambers from his office in State College this morning. “We went over his goals from the beginning of the year.”Chambers listed them:

  • Nutrition, eat right, shape your body.
  • Work on your ball-handling and post moves, in the paint, different shots.
  • Continue to hone your strength – 3-point shooting.

Taylor did all of those things and more.

More at the source: “Light came on” for Brandon Taylor and it lit the way for Penn State basketball | PennLive.com

COBL: The Horse emerges to help Roman Catholic win back-to-back PCL titles

Aron Minkoff in City of Basketball Love:

Most teams ride school buses to get to-and-from basketball games in Philadelphia.

Not Roman Catholic–the Cahillites have a first-class ride, via horseback.

That is, senior wing Nazeer Bostick, who earned the nickname “Horse”.

For the second consecutive year, the Roman Catholic Cahillites rode the Horse to the emerge as victors in the Philadelphia Catholic League boy’s basketball championship.

It was not always pretty but in Roman’s 72-65 victory of Neumann-Goretti, it was the glue guy, senior wing Bostick, who got it done.

In front of his future college coach, Penn State’s Pat Chambers, no less.

“He is the Horse,” senior guard Tony Carr said of his teammate, close friend and future college classmate. “When we play against those guys from Neumann he just ups his game to a different notch. He gets every offensive rebound, he is a ferociously attacking the glass and it just helps us a lot.”

The 6-foot-4 Bostick finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, nine of those points coming in the fourth quarter to help his team put away Neumann-Goretti….

Source: The Horse emerges to help Roman Catholic win back-to-back PCL titles

Who’s your all-time PSU hoops starting five? 

Dave Jones’ top five:

For the last few weeks, the Big Ten Network has presented 12-15 nominees for each of the conference’s basketball programs and asked viewers to vote on their all-time starting five for each school….

Yes, I’m taking the challenge. There’s two ways you can approach this. You can choose an all-star team of individual impact players which is the way I’m doing it. The other and very valid method would be an actual team that fits together, that you could put on the floor and mold as a unit, which is the way a coach would do it.

One qualifier: I’m taking into consideration advances in the game since the 1970s or so. While basketball teamwork might have been more advanced in some enclaves in the 1950s and ’60s, the speed and athleticism and especially ball-handling of today would run those guys off the floor. So, I’m not including anyone from, say, the early 1950s on this list, sorry. Different game.

Here we go…

Source: Who’s your all-time PSU hoops starting five? BTN Live will announce fan vote on Wednesday

DJones: What Penn State’s upset of first-place Indiana means to program that must progress next year

Dave Jones on PennLive:

On Saturday night, Penn State’s struggling men’s basketball team won a game that stands to have far-reaching consequences in the program’s future. The Nittany Lions’ upset of the Indiana Hoosiers knocked them out of a share of first place in the Big Ten.

Is this the real starting point of Patrick Chambers’ build toward a contending program? Or just another brief anomaly, something that can happen during a long season much like Rutgers’ now-unthinkable upset of a Wisconsin team that ended up in the national championship game?

I say it has nothing in common with the latter. And that it has a chance to be the former for one reason: Belief.

The Penn State team I saw on the Jordan Center floor came out from the tip with a conviction and drive that lasted for all 40 minutes. They did not defeat a team playing under par. They outfought an Indiana team playing at its normal energy level. And the Nittany Lions were simply better….

Source: What Penn State’s upset of first-place Indiana means to program that must progress next year