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Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll put my question here...when does practice start?  I think the rule is 42 days prior to the first game...should be within the next week.  ;D

Teams can start practicing this Friday.  All teams are allowed 30 practices and 2 exhibitions prior to the start of the regular season. Penn State's first official practice is Oct. 7.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:46 AM »
Brian Daly was on COBL's podcast today. His segment starts around 21:00 minutes.

http://cityofbasketballlove.com/2014/09/podcast-of-basketball-love-episode-40/

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:35 PM »
I wanna say it was the way a facebook commenter once spelled Duquesne.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:24 PM »
Big Ten Powerhouse Rutgers and duqane are both BSD memes. Nebrasketball actually is just awesome to say. I believe most of their beat use that hashtag on twitter.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: August 7, 2014, 06:54 PM »
Also, Oak Hill is actually at Mouth of Wilson, VA, not in Fairfax or anywhere near the DMV area. And it's hard to group Zemgulis as a true DMVer too, although at least his high school plays in the WCAC.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Joe Hampton!!
« on: August 3, 2014, 12:00 PM »
If you see where Justin Simon's ranking is today and remember we had him on campus all the way from Cali last year, a 5-star commitment is not completely out of the equation these days

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Joe Hampton!!
« on: August 2, 2014, 08:54 PM »
This ain't the Penn State basketball I know. They can really recruit their tails off. Very impressive, when it seemingly came out of nowhere.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:51 PM »
Well I was definitely wrong on Alston, I didn't think PSU would make the cut. Sounds like he has one difficult decision ahead of him, though. It's gonna be hard to beat Temple.

http://cityofbasketballlove.com/2014/07/top-2015-guard-levan-alston-sets-final-six-schools/

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2014, 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: July 22, 2014, 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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