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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: August 28, 2015, 08:20 AM »
With as many twitter stalkers as there are out there, I can't imagine only one person would have seen such a thing and that no one would have tweeted something about it.

This is when there needs to be a reality check into what people are really grasping at here. Dylan Painter would never publicly announce one of his life's biggest decisions via an updated twitter bio. C'mon now. Even if everyone saw the same thing that poster claims he saw, why would anyone think there's anything to it when he already gave an interview yesterday to the contrary?

Love this topic and glad to see someone try to counteract what I find to be the biggest shortcoming of the recruiting industry. I can't stand either some of the judgments made and words written about minors who fans have never met or know personally, all because of what information was leaked publicly about their recruitment (which is never the whole story anyway). I don't mean to condemn the industry or the plenty of talented writers that cover recruiting for Scout/Rivals/247 (I'm as big of a consumer of this stuff as anybody), but these guys drive narratives to increase engagement and readership and I'm sick of watching people fall for it every time. I wish some could keep a perspective when reading an interview with a 15- or 16-year-old prospect. These are kids that have no public speaking experience being borderline harassed about everything in regards to their college decision. As Del pointed out, for some of these players, they are the first of their entire family to even have the opportunity of going to college! As if those families have a clue what they're doing through this stressful process (or that we would, too, considering I don't know too many people that had 10+ scholarship offers to the finest institutions in the country out of high school). It's not conventional for them like it was for most of the middle class Americans that seem to be so offended when they don't understand these guy's decisions. It's quite aggravating, if anyone hasn't seen me lose my mind in the BSD comments from time to time.

Then again, I have no idea where folks get the audacity to criticize anything they don't fundamentally understand or have never experienced. But that's life, I guess.

OT / Re: All Things Soccer
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:41 PM »
Personally speaking, I think waking up on a Saturday morning after a hard week with a cup of coffee watching the Premier League is a pretty great thing because if you sat around to watch a game each time they are on, you're done watching by 2:30. Plenty of time to get other stuff done throughout the day.

I have friends that go to a bar in Harrisburg somewhere to watch the games and drink.  I didn't even know bars could serve beer in the morning like that. 
There's a local bar on 6th st that apparently was the place where the "hard core" US fans went during the world cup.  I wonder if that's the place.

Pretty sure Sturge's Speakeasy draws a decent soccer crowd for those morning games.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: August 3, 2015, 09:08 AM »
Due to geography alone, it makes too much sense that PSU would play Hampton.

And geography should actually matter, considering they're trying to fit these early round games into the most inconvenient 2-week window to be considered part of the exempt event. Pretty dumb timing with Finals week and the holidays. Colorado is playing their early round games back-to-back Dec. 18 and 19. So you'd think the difficulty of scheduling around these things would bring geography into play.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: August 3, 2015, 08:56 AM »
Frazier's contract isn't guaranteed until August 1.

Well we're past August 1 but I haven't seen any news one way or the other about Frazier.

Got that from this article in May. But it was announced last week that Allen Crabbe's contract became guaranteed and there wasn't a peep about Tim. So who really knows what the specifics of his deal are, but if that report is correct, Tim should take home a full NBA salary this year.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: August 1, 2015, 01:03 PM »
Canisuis is returning 3 of top 5 scorers and 8 of 10 players barring any late transfers.  Had a young team last year, I don't expect them to be a sub 250 RPI dawg.  We dodged a bullet if we can get them.  Typical 100-200 RPI team that we should beat.  They were a bad shooting team last year.

Canisius is one of the early round opponents. December 10th at the BJC.

Of the other early round games announced so far, Colorado plays Nicholls State and Hampton, Kent State plays Canisius and UL-Monroe.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: July 31, 2015, 09:23 AM »
Frazier's contract isn't guaranteed until August 1. The Trailblazers have 16 players under contract for 15 roster spots. They just brought in Pressey, who has the same game as Frazier.

Say a prayer for Tim. He may not get the best news tomorrow.

Given how much cap room the Blazers have and how small Tim's contract is, they very well may keep him for now. NBA teams are allowed to carry as many as 20 players in the offseason.

Thanks, didn't know that. Blazers Edge seems to think he is the odd man out. If he is, I just wanna see him get paid first.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: July 30, 2015, 06:45 PM »
Bad news for Frazier.  Portland just signed another PG with a guaranteed contract.

Frazier's contract isn't guaranteed until August 1. The Trailblazers have 16 players under contract for 15 roster spots. They just brought in Pressey, who has the same game as Frazier.

Say a prayer for Tim. He may not get the best news tomorrow.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 30, 2015, 11:29 AM »
Iowa picked up their 2nd 2016 PF commitment last night from another in-state kid, Ryan Kriener. They've lost Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni this year, and they will lose Adam Woodbury and Jarod Uthoff next year, so even though they have 2 PFs, they probably will still pursue Painter pretty hard. In their frontcourt rebuilding efforts, they still don't have anyone over 6'10" and they have two 2016 scholarships available. But their 2016 roster mirrors PSU's in that there's plenty of wings, but not many point guards and centers. We'll have to see what happens, but I don't think Iowa's recent successes will deter Painter's interest in them.

Although Painter should be cutting his list down in the next week, so maybe this isn't even worth speculating over if he ends up eliminating them. I should probably just let the summer keep dragging along as its snail's pace, but what fun would that be?

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 23, 2015, 02:37 PM »
Interesting stars analysis from BHGP today. Keep in mind while reading, PSU now will have two 4-star players on their roster :)

Actually, the BGHP analysis uses the Rivals rankings, and both Reaves and Watkins are 3-stars by that measure  ???

Nice catch. I try to just go by the 247composite rankings until the RSCI is final. This reminded me to check - Reaves/Watkins didn't make the cut as Top-100 players in the 2015 RSCI. So that makes 18 years of their rankings and not one PSU player made the cut in the most objective Top-100 list there can possibly be (which still isn't very objective at all). That's a problem. One that Tony Carr could fix ;)

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 02:44 PM »
BSD has a new recruiting update out; nothing really new on Carr / Stevens but some interesting tidbits on other PSU targets.

Lonnie Walker is an enigma. So highly rated, so "Penn State country",  and we have not really seemed to be a player. Would be interested in what's going on there.

And he really performs in the classroom. And he can really shoot the heck outta the ball with great bounce and size at the 2-guard. It really is puzzling. Makes you wonder what the background is, but for whatever reason, the staff doesn't seem to have an 'in'.

Interesting stars analysis from BHGP today. Keep in mind while reading, PSU now will have two 4-star players on their roster :)

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:15 AM »
Just to clarify, you mean the Temple guy changed his CB to PSU for Carr?

Yeah, sorry about that. I fixed it.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 07:32 AM »
2 new targets for PC.  Transferring to Oak Hill Academy, former home of Josh Reaves. 

Braxton Blackwell:
Mario Kegler:

I know little about Blackwell other than he cut his list down to 6 yesterday. Too late for anything there.

I don't know much about Kegler either other than he has a reputation for keeping his recruitment low key. He is transferring to Oak Hill with Joe and PSU was reportedly scouting him in the first live period, so maybe there's something there?

The Temple 247 guy changed his CB to PSU for Tony Carr...

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:20 AM »
I'm sorry if I come across as dismissive. I could be completely wrong about Moore's recruitment like anyone else. But my issue is there's no evidence PSU remains on the table right now. Moore didn't come to Elite camp this year with his best friend and instead camped at Central Florida. His only other recent offer that's out there is UMass. His size has obviously prevented his recruitment from taking off, because even though he's been very productive on the UA circuit, no one's biting. I don't wanna talk down anymore about this innocent player, because that's exactly why I get sensitive about some of these things in the first place.

I've just seen too many cases of misreported recruitments, whether by the media, AAU coaches, fans, parents, or recruits themselves. They never end well for anybody. I want the best for Alani Moore and while it still may be Penn State in the end, I'd like to think we'd need a little more to go off of than a playful quote with his best friend present before we start speculating/hypothesizing potential commitments. But this is like the third or fourth conversation on this topic I've seen around PSU sites these days, so it's already gaining traction among the fanbase. Next will be the cringeworthy, pro-PSU tweets from fans to a player who may not even have an offer anymore.

If we're going to talk about Moore at PSU, why aren't we talking about AJ Wilson? Would PSU take his verbal over Lamar Stevens/DeAndre Hunter right now? Does anyone want that?

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:24 PM »
This Alani Moore talk is getting out of control. I have no inside info, but if I was a betting man, I'd say PSU isn't even actively recruiting him anymore. If they are, he absolutely has to be behind Carr in the pecking order. You don't sell out for a talent like Tony Carr, assure him of immediate playing time, and then accept a commitment from a 5'8" point guard before Carr's decision (that's only like 4-5 weeks away). That is a potentially catastrophic risk and for what in return? An undersized point guard that's only being recruited by UMass and Central Florida right now? When there's already TSam and Shep capable of manning the position for two years with Carr?

It's conversations like these that always remind me of the UL Matrix disclaimer. I will be disappointed in this staff if they take Carr and Moore, especially with the incredible talent in the 2017 class that they already don't have many scholarships for. It would ruin for me what should be an incredible achievement, if they do in fact land Carr's commitment.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:07 AM »
Tim played better today than he did yesterday, IMO. Blazers won comfortably 93-80. Frazier was in complete control of the game from start to finish. He was mostly matched up against Jeremy Pangos. Finished with 14 points (6-11 FGA), 8 assists, 5 rebounds and just 2 turnovers. +21 in 28 minutes.

Followed along with SB Nation's Blazers' site. They loved him. He's really making a strong case to have a vaulable role on the Blazers this season as Lillard's backup. He might not have to fret anymore through July 31st when his contract becomes guaranteed.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 2, 2015, 04:22 PM »
A lot of people talking Rakocevic to Iowa now that Bo is retiring from Wisconsin.  He'd take up Painter's spot in the class.

Xavier picked up a 6'9" PF in Tyrique Jones. Not sure of their roster but that couldn't hurt with Painter at least either.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 29, 2015, 07:47 AM »
Josh Verlin has mentioned to me multiple times that Carr is overly complimentary of every school in every interview he does. TIFWIW.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Geno gone
« on: June 13, 2015, 05:51 PM »
From Jones' article:

"Despite Chambers' recent recruiting successes and possibly some upcoming verbal commitments in the coming weeks..."

Wonder if this is just speculation or if he has any the article Jones does mention a Philly AAU coach as well as his "I95 recruiting connections" so perhaps he knows something.

I'll take some good news!

It's that time of year in the recruiting calendar with the spotlight now on the 2016 class. I think about 20% or so of the Top-100 have already made verbal commitments. There will be a few more verbals during all of the camps this month and the AAU period in July, and then the bulk of the list usually will make their decisions from August through early-November after they take official visits on football weekends. About 75% of the Top-100 will sign in the fall, with most of the Top-25 kids dragging their recruitments through their senior season until the Spring.

Most of this staff's recruiting successes have come in the early 20% wave. tjb posted this on the front page recently. Two summers ago at this time, Mike Watkins and Shep Garner were committing (crazy to realize Watkins has been committed for two years and we still haven't seen him in a uniform yet), while they were really close with Mikal Bridges and Kyle Kuzma. Last year around this time, the staff was in hot pursuit of Reaves and the other DMV-area kids, and had one of their best Advanced Skills Camp turnouts. Already this year, they've landed two commitments in the last 6 weeks with another busy summer yet to come.

As it stands now, Penn State currently has six scholarships for the 2016 class. Joe Hampton and Nazeer Bostick have already committed, but there's still four more openings to fill. It seems safe to consider the Johncarlos Reyes recruitment over considering it's now mid-June, and he's taking trips to other college campuses. There also hasn't been any public reports of PSU chasing any potential transfers, so it doesn't seem a late addition to next year is in the fold.

This point has been made countless times, but Geno's departure just adds more pressure to this critical recruiting class. It's gotta be a good one with quality and depth. I thought DJones nailed it in his piece. Penn State's biggest problem has always been a talent deficiency compared to its peers in the league. Geno's game wasn't flawless and there are some elements that Josh Reaves seems capable of replacing, but Geno already was playing at a Big Ten level. He belonged. We have too many guys who don't belong yet at this stage in their careers. It's the same kind of blow when Jermaine Marshall left two years ago. That loss really hurt the 2013-2014 team IMO, and I expect Geno's departure to have a similar effect on next year's team, although the expectations for the "best backcourt in the country' trio in 2013-2014 were much higher than they are for this team.

Landing Tony Carr could make up for this loss. But even a monumental achievement like that wouldn't be the same as it could have been with Geno still at PSU. The 2016-2017 roster now seemingly needs 2 Tony Carrs to truly be where we thought we'd be if the dream came true. 

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 3, 2015, 02:09 PM »
1.5: Interest in him has picked up and he's taking advantage of it to make the best choice for him.

Agree with this. I may be the one at fault for suggesting PSU was in better position than they ever might have been to be honest, but he also went from a Patriot League recruit to a High Major recruit in just about 4 weeks. I expect Penn State will make his final list, but if Villanova offers, that's gonna be really tough to overcome. Villanova has always seemed to fill the college hoops void in Central PA. If he actually commits to Iowa though...

Walker/Bamba in the next class will be a war, but it would be possible with success in this class, IMO.

Bamba already is getting the "next Kevin Garnett" label after dominating the Pangos camp this past weekend. He's gonna be a 5* guy, if he isn't already. I wouldn't be too keen on PSU being a serious player in his recruitment, especially since he's more an NYC guy with the PSA Cardinals.

Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: May 21, 2015, 04:14 PM »
The home hockey schedule just leaked out.  So far, there are no hockey/hoop doubleheaders outside of the one in NYC.

December 5th looks like a strong possibility of a hoops/hockey double-header. Maybe November 14th, if PSU doesn't open the season on opening night (November 13th). Otherwise, the start of hoops season will coincide with the SH game in Pegula.

I'd start Geno over Reaves in that lineup.  If lineup 1 is the starting lineup for the B1G season, it could be an exciting year.  That tells me our freshman class is ahead of my schedule (Watkins in particular).

It would certainly be promising for the future, but it's still probably not going to lead to more wins. League will be tougher next year, especially inside. Not saying that's what you implied, we just know there are others on this board ready to pounce about how delusional it is to expect a true freshman big man to start in the Big Ten.

All I know is the coaching staff isn't doing themselves any favors in recruiting if one of their main pitches - immediate playing time - doesn't come to fruition for Reaves/Watkins when we're still undoubtedly towards the bottom of the league next year. Both of those guys are going to log major minutes from day one.

Lineup 1
PG Garner
SG Reaves
SF Taylor
PF Watkins
C Dickerson

Lineup 2
PG Foster
SG Thorpe
SF Banks/Zemgulis
PF Jack
C Moore

Thorpe comes off the bench as 6th man.  We weren't very good last year and lost a potential NBA player, so why not pencil in a couple new guys.

Have no idea what to think about Washington, but if Zemgulis can knock down the 3 like he did in that video he might also see the floor.

I think your lineup #1 here is Pat's ideal lineup for the Big Ten season - if Reaves/Watkins are ready for that at that point. Geno would log just as many minutes off the bench, too. Or you can just flip-flop Reaves/Geno.

I don't think we'll see much of Jack this year, unless he's needed due to foul trouble or he unexpectedly gains 25 pounds.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: Welcome to campus Josh Reaves
« on: May 21, 2015, 01:48 PM »
It sucks to be in year 5 and feeling like we're just getting started with Pat, or that we're still 2 or 3 years away from really competing IF the recruiting keeps up like we think it will and these players all pan out the way we hope. 

But like all the "ed apologists" said 5 years ago, this is the kind of job where you need 6-10 years to really get some traction.  Without getting very lucky or buying a ridiculously expensive head coach (who would still need some luck imo), every coach we bring in needs the better part of a decade tryout.  It's painful when that doesn't work out and we're quickly approaching the moment of truth on Pat, but that's our reality here.  You either accept it or find a different program to root for. :/

I don't agree with this. The joke of a program handed to DeChellis was gonna take a decade. The scholarship logjam Chambers inherited in addition to operating through Sandusky and no administration for 3 years has given him a deserved leash as well.

But if Pat doesn't work out, the next coach should have all the necessary tools under Barbour and a footprint in Philadelphia to build off of. If Pat's proven anything, it's that it is possible to get Big Ten caliber recruits to State College in today's recruiting world. We shouldn't have to wait 5 years to finally start gaining traction on the recruiting trail, which is kind of silly anyway considering your flavor as a coach has long gone stale if you don't win in 5+ years. That's the battle Chambers is fighting now. A new coach has the most momentum at the start of his tenure. Look at Chris Mullin at St. John's. He's already landed like 5-6 reputable players in just two months. Hell, Pat was well on his way his first year until things were derailed in 2012.

This athletic department has far too many resources to not raise expectations in recruiting and on the court.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:29 PM »

Quote from: Coach Chambers
"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."

I don't think he cares for the Nazeer Bostick haters.

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