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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 09:21 PM »
Interesting article about Team Takeover front man Keith Stevens. Obviously Pat and now Dwayne Anderson have a good relationship with him, considering how hard they've tried to recruit out of that program.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/keith-stevens-of-aau-team-takeover-is-the-new-power-broker-of-dc-area-basketball/2014/07/17/c94ecacc-0cea-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:00 AM »
Bucknell away game is November 28.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:47 PM »
He's been blowing up the last few weeks since his performance here. Iowa and Nebraska want him. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7BisvM3VaY

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Give Pat a contract extension
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:53 AM »
I did a more in-depth search because I couldn't believe Izzo's. Turns out, his contract is such a foregone conclusion that it's not much of a story anymore. He's signed through 2019.

John Groce has gone 15-21 in the Big Ten in his two seasons, and there's talk he might get his second extension to bump him past 2018 with a raise.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:06 PM »
Levan Alston, 2015 PG/SG, has an offer from Marquette per Alex Kline.

PSU was his first offer a while ago, but I have seen little mutual interest from Alston in PSU. He's one of the few Philly kids who hasn't even visited campus (remember when that was a big deal?). I don't think he's worth monitoring that closely. His dad played at Temple and he has mentioned plenty of other worthy suitors in his recruitment during interviews while omitting PSU.

Think Traci Carter is the more realistic Philly point guard option, if that's the route the staff wants to go with the last 'ship.

He visited us last September for our first practice.

Correct, I forgot about that. I still think he's cooled on PSU considerably since for whatever reason. I could be wrong again, though!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:19 PM »
Levan Alston, 2015 PG/SG, has an offer from Marquette per Alex Kline.

PSU was his first offer a while ago, but I have seen little mutual interest from Alston in PSU. He's one of the few Philly kids who hasn't even visited campus (remember when that was a big deal?). I don't think he's worth monitoring that closely. His dad played at Temple and he has mentioned plenty of other worthy suitors in his recruitment during interviews while omitting PSU.

Think Traci Carter is the more realistic Philly point guard option, if that's the route the staff wants to go with the last 'ship.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:24 PM »
Tim did get invited to LBJ academy after his performance at Deron Williams camp, so I don't think he struggled too much.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome, Josh Reaves!
« on: July 7, 2014, 01:59 PM »
Here is a promising tweet from Mike Watkins the other day:

"BallinLike_Mike @LIONKING_AKA_KG    Jul 2
S/O to the homie @jreaves23 on deciding, to come play with me at Penn State #WeAre #PSU TTM @_BigTicket20"

I think this commitment is really helping to solidify Mike's - at least, I feel better about him not jumping ship now :-)
Other than Brandon Austin fall out and Trey Burke, why are people so convinced that Watkins will decommit?

Don't forget about Juwan Staten, who changed his mind and went to WV (1st Team All-BIG 12).

That wasn't a comparable situation at all. The majority of players commit to coaches, not schools. Ed left, so Juwan left. Simple as that.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 3, 2014, 10:55 AM »
Well Sam Dekker got invited, and Wisky is an Adidas school aren't they?

They are. I was just curious to see the overall distribution. I feel like our big-time players are always forgotten about on the national scene, so why are we consistently able to get guys into LeBron's camp if it really is for the best 20-30 college hoopers? It wouldn't surprise me if Nike treated this as some privileged event that showed preference to Nike-affiliated players. I could very well be wrong here, but just bringing up some discussion and wondered if anyone was as skeptical as me.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 3, 2014, 10:16 AM »
Not trying to downplay DJ's accomplishment here, but does anyone think us being a Nike school had anything to do with his invitation (or Tim Frazier's and Talor Battle's back then)? Anyone got time to see where the other 29 college hoopers came from and what apparel contracts they have?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:22 PM »
Why do people still try to fit basketball players into these stereotypical 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 positions? As if that's how all basketball teams are built and that's how they should all play. These conversations always divulge into irrelevant bickering on whether someone is a 1 or a 2 or a 3. Why?

DJ is our best player. The majority of our offensive sets will be focused on getting DJ the ball at spots where he is strongest on the floor. Some of these sets will ask him to be a 'point guard' by bringing the ball up the court or come off ball screens and create. Other sets will ask him to be a 'shooting guard', utilizing off-ball screens to create perimeter shots or open driving lanes. Neither makes him a 1 or a 2. He is a guard that will play 85-90% of the available minutes and will use 30% of our possessions when he's on the floor.

Same on the defensive side of the ball. DJ has the size and athleticism to guard pretty much anyone between 6'0"-6'6" unless they have Tim Frazier-like quickness or Jamelle Cornley-like strength. It just all depends on matchups. If the opposing team is undersized, DJ could play the '4'. Does that mean he's going to morph his game into Karl Malone's? Of course not, it's just a numerical depiction that simply means he's the 2nd tallest PSU player on the court at the time.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:10 PM »
We're in Brandon Childress' top 5 and he plans to visit in about two weeks.

http://wchbnewsdetroit.newsone.com/3107209/baldwin-2015-g-brandon-childress-talks-michigan-camp-and-his-unofficial-top-five-schools/

2015 F Aaron Falzon also is reportedly visiting soon with some of his teammates at Northfield in MA.

http://hoopsintel.sportswar.com/2014/06/10/aaron-falzons-busy-months-ahead/


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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:34 PM »

November 20th: Charleston Classic (Akron, Cornell, South Carolina, Miami FL, Southern Cal, Drexel, Charlotte)
November 21st: Charleston Classic
November 23rd: Charleston Classic

I've seen a lot of speculation about Drexel, but I'm not sure if it was ever reported that they were the last team added to the Charleston Classic field. I read someone somewhere claim that the 2 schools signed a home-and-home series, which wouldn't be a surprise, but perhaps we could be hosting them as a non-bracketed 4th game of the Charleston Classic? Guess we'll find out.


I thought the Charleston Classic was a straight 8 team, 3 game, bracketed tournament.


It is. NCAA scheduling rules allow teams to play 29 regular season games, or 27 regular season games + an exempt tournament. The maximum number of regular season games is capped at 31. Most of these ESPN exempt tourneys offer just 3 games from the 8-team bracket, while other events like the Barclays Center Classic offer four (2 campus site contests, 2 neutral site games). It's uncommon, but not unheard of, for ESPN to sponsor a campus site game between two schools in the 8-team field as part of the event so they can schedule the maximum number games allowed by NCAA rules. Purdue has done this a few times in the past. From their last year's non-conference schedule press release:

Purdue will kick off the Old Spice Classic in West Lafayette on Nov. 24 when it hosts Siena in a non-bracketed round game. NCAA legislation permits teams to play a maximum of four games as part of exempt multi-team events, such as the Old Spice Classic. The Boilermakers are thus permitted to play a team in the originally contracted field within 14 days of the start of the Old Spice Classic. The game has been approved by ESPN, the promoter of the Old Spice Classic, and will be considered part of the event in historical records.


And yes, it could mean we play the same team twice in the non-conference schedule, if we were to strike a deal with ESPN and another school to do this. Purdue played Siena twice in the OSC last year. Again, I have no inside information if this is something PSU is pursuing, I just have seen a lot of chatter about Drexel and their inclusion in the Charleston Classic made me think this could be a possibility.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: June 10, 2014, 02:09 PM »
Compiled what I think we know so far:

Confirmed Dates:

November 20th: Charleston Classic (Akron, Cornell, South Carolina, Miami FL, Southern Cal, Drexel, Charlotte)
November 21st: Charleston Classic
November 23rd: Charleston Classic
December 3rd: vs Virginia Tech (B1G/ACC Challenge)
December 14th: vs George Washington (1st game of home-and-home)
December 22nd: TBD @ PPL Center in Allentown

Confirmed Opponents:

At Marshall (2nd game of home-and-home)
At Bucknell (3rd game of 2-for-1)

I've seen a lot of speculation about Drexel, but I'm not sure if it was ever reported that they were the last team added to the Charleston Classic field. I read someone somewhere claim that the 2 schools signed a home-and-home series, which wouldn't be a surprise, but perhaps we could be hosting them as a non-bracketed 4th game of the Charleston Classic? Guess we'll find out.

Either way, this schedule is shaping up to be cupcake city. Don't think we'll see a top-50 opponent in the non-conference (and I personally think the Big Ten will take a step back next year, the league's already had a good 4-5 year run). Depending on who the remaining 4 guarantee games are, we could really be putting ourselves at risk again in March. The Charleston Classic field is awful and Virginia Tech is under a 1st year coach. Marshall is going to be terrible and Bucknell is not expected to be as good in years' past. If the filler games are against America East/SWAC teams, yikes.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: June 5, 2014, 08:39 AM »
Georgios Papagiannis is coming on campus today per Jon Rothsteins twitter.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Ohio State IGT
« on: February 3, 2014, 08:58 PM »
This has been....interesting, to say the least. My two cents:

Both coaches have been mediocre recruiters, but Chambers' philosophy blows Ed's out of the water.

Ed and his staff had an uncanny knack of finding the greatest under-recruited prospects from all over the country. Even the near misses turned out to be great at other schools. For all the flack we give Ed for 2010, he was one random coaching hire at Colorado away from landing a future NBA 1st round pick. But the issue was there never seemed to be a quality plan B recruit when one of their top targets spurned us, which ultimately is what left his teams without a bench (and wasted scholarships). While they presumably scoured the country for these under-the-radar prospects, time wasn't being spent cultivating relationships with any talent-rich areas that could lead to bigger and better things. I would also like remind everyone that Ed, despite his strong coaching pedigree with point guards, took three whole recruiting classes to land a true point guard after inheriting Luber. Mooch Jackson/Mike Walker couldn't handle the basketball for 30+ minutes in the Big Ten. That's still bizarre to me looking back on it.

There just never seemed to be much effort from Ed's regime to make a splash on the AAU scene. Now Chambers could be benefiting from twitter, and I don't want to imply that Ed's assistants never tried either, but PSU's presence in the summer these days is much more prevalent under Pat than it ever was under Ed. You are not going to land big-time players if you are not involved with Nike's EYBL, Adidas' Invitationals, or Hoop Group's events. It's just that simple in 2014. Seeing clear evidence of Chambers' relationships at premiere AAU programs like Team Philly/Team Final in Philly, WE R 1 in Delaware, Team Takeover in DC and Compton Magic in CA can (and will, with some wins) lead to unfiltered access to their biggest fish.

There is a strong perception on the PSU internet that Chambers is a much better recruiter than DeChellis. I agree that this isn't justified based on the results so far. Almost does not count one bit in this game, although I do think it's garbage that some think JUCOs/transfers are disqualified from this discussion. Players are players, no matter their path to State College.
 
Chambers' biggest failing in recruiting these days is his inability to outrecruit Villanova (Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins, Mikal Bridges, Tim Delaney, etc.). And his biggest mistake so far was not accepting Devin Thomas' verbal commitment. It should not have come down to BT or DT. We should have taken both, even if on paper it was "oversigning". But again, I think Chambers' potential to sustain and build off success is unparalleled when compared to DeChellis. IMO, it's a matter now of overachieving either this year or next and getting that momentum/credibility on the recruiting trail.

Ideally, it would have happened this year so they could have really hit Philly's 2015 class hard this summer. A lot of big time players down there. Maybe it still can?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Ohio State IGT
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:11 PM »
I thought DJ couldn't go left?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Ohio State IGT
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:00 PM »
Only 1 foul shot taken by us, need to get to the line some more this half.  Playing too much perimeter ball still.  Do that and keep rebounding strong and I like our chances.  OSU is not a juggernaut, but they won't beat themselves and we can't beat ourselves either.

We've exposed plenty of matchups off the bounce. We've got a great mix going right now, just need Tim to relax and let his teammates create the space for him and not his forced jumpers. Ross could learn how to initiate the contact to draw the whistle, too.

Just need to get enough stops. I think Ohio State scored a fluky 35 points, we're defending pretty well, just need to clean up some little things and get someone other than Taylor at the heart of the zone. He's made some nice blocks, but he was leaving the lane empty the last few minutes of the half that led to a few layups for OSU.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Purdue IGT
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:46 PM »
Here are a few stats that really jump out at me regarding the Purdue game (and please, feel free to double check the box score to verify these numbers).....


TOTAL REBOUNDS
20 = Newbill & Frazier combined
11 = the rest of the ENTIRE TEAM COMBINED !!!

....I know that some of the rebounding schemes are designed to box out and have the guards get the boards, but this is absolutely unsat



PERSONAL FOULS
4 = Jordan Dickerson...    ...in 7(SEVEN) minutes !!!

...I remember some people saying how he played a good game, then you see THAT stat.  He wasn't alone:
4 = Taylor
5 = Jack
5 = Travis
EVERY ONE of our bigs (save Wisky who only played 1 min) had at least 4 fouls.  That leads to the next stats...



SHOTS MADE COMPARISON
  2PT FGs
PSU = 22
PUR = 18

  3PT FGs
PSU = 7
PUR = 7

...so if Penn State made more 2PT FGs, and 3PT FGs were tie, then Penn State won by 8, correct?  NO  Because....

  FREE THROWS Att-Made %
PSU = 13-18 72.2%
PUR = 22-30 73.3%
...the percentages are almost exactly alike.  It was those Personal Fouls (see above) that was the difference.  Those PFs by our bigs, that cannot cover their bigs !!!


One last stat...

2PT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
Who are the ones that shoot from somewhere other than w-a-a-a-a-y out there beyond the arc?  Who are the people who actually shoot from the paint?
25 = Newbill & Frazier combined
 9 =  the rest of the ENTIRE TEAM COMBINED !!!

...wait a minute.  With all of our POST players, with all of our OTHER GUARDS, with the 126 MINUTES played by all of the other players on this team COMBINED, they took a grand total of 9 shots inside the arc ?!?!?!?   ...and only pulled in 11 rebounds ?!?!?   .....TOTAL !?!?!?!?


...so the 2 SMALLEST guys on the floor are the only ones shooting near the basket, AS WELL AS the only ones rebounding !?!?!?

Does ANYONE wonder why I call this team one-dimensional? 

People can say what they want about the "talent upgrade" on this team, but I still see only 2 guys on this team that are truly going all-out to compete in these games.

And we lost by just one point from our own undoing.

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Yup, by a landslide.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: January 4, 2014, 06:15 PM »
Dick Weiss ‏@HoopsWeiss  4m 
once promising fr pg/f brandon austin leaves providence bb team

Mike Jensen ‏@jensenoffcampus  2m 
Austin originally committed to Penn St out of Imhotep. @KevinMcNamara33 mentions Nittany Lions, Temple and Oregon as possible landing spots.

Wow, wonder what happened?

And if it would be good or bad if he transferred to PSU...

Providence fans have been outraged by the suspensions handed down from the school's board. It was neither a criminal or academic offense, but I have no concrete info outside of that.

Edit: Sounds like it's all but confirmed he'll be an Oregon Duck...

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Penn State Basketball / Re: vs Michigan State IGT
« on: January 4, 2014, 01:21 PM »
Didn't agree with some of the commentary, but definitely enjoyed the gifs!

That set where MSU had three guys 28-feet from the basket clearly was an Izzo>Chambers moment. They knew we'd double Payne and DJ never had a chance to help.



Do you think Brandon was supposed to double that far from the hoop?  It seemed like he might have jumped the gun a little.

That's a fair point. Who really knows what's been instructed and what the players retained because I've always placed equal blame on both. But Payne is lethal from anywhere on the court.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: vs Michigan State IGT
« on: January 4, 2014, 12:01 PM »
Didn't agree with some of the commentary, but definitely enjoyed the gifs!

That set where MSU had three guys 28-feet from the basket clearly was an Izzo>Chambers moment. They knew we'd double Payne and DJ never had a chance to help.


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