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Penn State Basketball / Re: IU
« on: Yesterday at 09:23 AM »
Josh will be back per his instagram.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Iowa IGT
« on: February 4, 2016, 10:57 AM »
There is no doubt a good PG will help, but entire floors needs to have better vision.

Gives me an excuse to re-post Rick Barry snippet from a radio show yesterday:

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Oh, this is too perfect given our current situation with this year's team versus next year's team. Thanks for sharing.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: January 21, 2016, 12:01 PM »
I got a chance to see Carmody last year as a freshman and reported back here that I thought he was good, but not a Power 5 player. Didn't think he was athletic enough to play the wing at this level, but if they are projecting him to grow a couple more inches to be a face up 4 (his dad is pretty tall) then absolutely. Will be interesting to see, if he doesn't have another growth spurt, how it plays out.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4197298/highlights/326656382/v2

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Penn State Basketball / RIP Johnny Bach
« on: January 18, 2016, 02:28 PM »

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Let's send some 1st Graders to MSG
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:29 AM »
They were pretty close when I saw it on FBook this morning, but the exposure we gave it on our blog has seemed to give it a jolt. The teacher just updated the post because he's overwhelmed by the response. He's now trying to take more students to the game, so he increased the goal.

Proud to be a Penn Stater.

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Penn State Basketball / Let's send some 1st Graders to MSG
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:38 AM »
Although then we'd be responsible for introducing them to PSU hoops.  ;D

https://www.gofundme.com/3njq7w58

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Alexis vacating Scholarship
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:37 PM »
Ironically enough, here's a news story from today:

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The seven-foot Alexis actually came to Philadelphia University as a transfer from Penn State. He talks about the journey from State College to Philadelphia.

“Coach (Patrick) Chambers at Penn State used to play for Coach Magee so he had the contact right there,” Alexis says. “He kind of said, ‘I know this school, they’re going to be graduating a big guy, you’ll probably fit right into the system. Their offense really looks to try to get the ball into the paint.’ So he hooked me up with Coach Magee, (Associate Head) Coach (Jimmy) Reilly. They came down, showed me a couple videos of how they’d want to use me in the offense and the defense. Took a visit up here, liked what I saw when I came to a game and I just ended up coming here.”

And Alexis says it was the right move.

“Fit right in,” Alexis says. “Team came together as soon as I came in. It’s been a great four years. I’ve got to thank Coach Magee and Coach Reilly for giving me this opportunity.”

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Alexis vacating Scholarship
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:27 PM »
If we're going to keep peaking at the past though, I think ED deserves more credit than he gets for what he left behind. Granted, the 2011-2012 team was going to be horrible no matter what, but after that season, here's the backcourt he would have had for 12-13:

Tim Frazier - Senior
Jermaine Marshall - RS Junior
Juwan Staten - RS Soph
Trey Lewis - Sophomore

That should've been enough to carry them to at least an NIT bid. But of course with nearly all of Ed's teams, they still would've been short on depth, terribly weak in the frontcourt and really poor defensively.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Alexis vacating Scholarship
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:14 PM »
I thought everyone knew Lewis was going to be good. Don't understand the surprise at his career here. Also, it should be mentioned that he's 23 and healthy now versus 19 and battling a back fracture or whatever it was. Now I don't think anyone would've predicted he'd be "Louisville good", but the kid was a talented scorer. He came here to be the next Talor Battle. The forced marriage between Lewis/Chambers just didn't click. It happens.

Alexis could not cut it at this level. He had Big Ten size but was not even close to Big Ten speed. Match his skillset with Jordan Dickerson's body and we'd have ourselves a center.

Ackerman was not Chambers' recruit. He called it quits earlier this year after an injury. Didn't have an impact whatsoever at Detroit.

Glover never developed any offense at San Francisco. He didn't belong in the Big Ten, although I respected his defense and intensity.

Graham was serviceable for Maryland. Played far more than I ever thought he would. Part of that was Turgeon being low on scholarship players, but he filled a nice 8th or 9th man role for them. Obviously not much, but it is something, I guess.

The apparent falling out between Marshall and the coaching staff was a major disappointment and one of Chambers' biggest mistakes IMO. I think we all wanted to see Newbill-Frazier-Marshall in the same backcourt. How many more games would the 13-14 team have won?

Woodward's departure was unfortunate. I wish I knew more about that one. Not sure what he envisioned his role to be here, but I think we can all admit he wasn't going to be the guy to elevate the program at point guard. Also, his stats at Drake aren't very impressive when you see how poorly he's played against the 3-4 good teams they've played. That said, I'd take him over Foster any day of the week.

Maduegbunam was a baaad miss by Chambers. Especially when those scholarships were at an absolute premium (miss you, Devin Thomas).


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Penn State Basketball / Re: Alexis vacating Scholarship
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:46 PM »
Do you mean "had" that success...like 3 years ago?

Or do you mean he's playing pro somewhere and is currently having that kind of success?

I google and didn't come up with anything...

He's still at Philly U. He had four years of eligibility when he left, so this is his senior season.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: January 7, 2016, 12:18 PM »
Eric - let's not forget the morans who can't even spell his name right.

https://twitter.com/JUST_A_JEFFY/status/682324790053593090

https://twitter.com/psilverthorn15/status/673198576877576192

LMAO, that's incredible.

Anyway, a common practice for today's athletes is searching their names on twitter postgame. If you follow any of the players on twitter, you will know they do it too. But does anyone think Donovon ever gets to partake in this ritual in the lockerroom with everyone else?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: January 7, 2016, 11:05 AM »
Here's the type of comments I'm referring to that I get more and more frequently as the year progresses:

https://twitter.com/PSUJoe11/status/684551335832858625

The "he sucks", "not a D1 player", "worst player ever" that I see during every game now on twitter. What's funny is I just tried to search for more examples on twitter and was surprised to come up empty. Then I realized I should probably search for "Donovan Jack" and of course, it's a goldmine:

https://twitter.com/MikeKatz301/status/682344122292789248

https://twitter.com/bucfancj29/status/682350232710070274

https://twitter.com/EthanVipond/status/682350663905456128

https://twitter.com/ryan_lehman/status/673208188716630016

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: January 6, 2016, 08:25 PM »
Lamar just looks better and better the more I see him.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: January 6, 2016, 11:43 AM »
Totally agree. I think our style of play on offense without a Tim Frazier-like facilitator hurt his game, too. But at this point, mentally, he just seems to be a lost cause. I probably would be too, if what's written about him was written about me.

You don't feel like a lost cause mentally after reading the comments section of some of your BSD stuff?  ;)

 ;D

I'd be more candid about that topic here, but so many posters here also post over there under different names. I hope some of you have picked up on that by now because it has made for some hilarious reads from my perspective.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: January 6, 2016, 11:41 AM »
I'm behind on my next Roman Report for BSD, but anyone lucky enough to be one of the 650 in attendance for Neumann/RC tonight?

Edit: There's supposedly a live stream of tonight's game here. The coaches are trying to downplay it because it is just a regular season game, but the intensity is going to be unreal. Hopefully it stays a clean game and there's not too much trash talk. But there will be trash talking.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: January 6, 2016, 10:56 AM »
Honestly, Jack showed as much potential  in his first year here as nearly any other big man we've had here the last 10 years.  He just hasn't had a great last 2 years, and I'm not totally sure why.

You go back to the start of his sophomore year and he was progressing quite nicely, we were running pick n pop plays for him to start the game and it looked like he was developing into a really decent stretch 4.  I can't remember if he got injured or what happened but a few games into the B1G slate he just seemed to hit a wall and has never completely recovered since then.  His outside shooting ability disappeared and he has just had that deer in the headlights look ever since.  I hope he snaps out of it here in the second half of his final year, I think he seems like a really great kid and it's been sad to see him struggle after a promising start to his career.

I remember that Marshall game his soph year where he had like 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 blocks in 25 minutes or something.

Totally agree. I think our style of play on offense without a Tim Frazier-like facilitator hurt his game, too. But at this point, mentally, he just seems to be a lost cause. I probably would be too, if what's written about him was written about me.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Minny IGT
« on: January 6, 2016, 10:40 AM »
I agree with that rotation, just need to stay out of foul trouble.

I know I have been hard on Jack, and that he's busting his butt for this team.  He has some good flashes - I'm not mad at him as a player, he's doing what he can.  Rather, the whole situation that we snagged a Duquesne decommit who had no parallel options when the coach left.  It's not Jack's fault, but that ship should have been held... Could have been helpful this season.  But it is what it is - certainly not Jack's fault, he seized an opportunity that was given to him.  I'll lay off.

See, this isn't true at all. From the Reading Eagle:

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Almost immediately after Everhart's firing schools such as Penn State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, Belmont, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph's and St. Bonaventure, among others, began contacting Jack's coaches to express their interest.

And he also apparently had Big Ten offers when he originally committed to Duquesne

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His final five included Davidson and St. Bonaventure.

"It was real tough for me to be able to decide which one I liked better," said Jack.

He had plenty of choices. Minnesota and Northwestern of the Big Ten made offers. So did Washington State, Vermont, Fordham and Drexel.

Several of Duquesne's Atlantic 10 rivals offered, including LaSalle, George Washington and Fordham.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: December 30, 2015, 11:43 PM »
I'd have to think this recruitment is over considering Brian Daly's ties to Carroll. Hell, Daly was probably the one to extend his PSU offer at the time.

Cameron Reddish:
Eric and others.  Do we have a shot at this kid?  He seems to have very close ties to Lamar.  #7 in the nation in his class and a PSU offer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec1gItN4Gdc

I wouldn't say he has "very close" ties, but obviously there's familiarity there. Too early to tell how serious of a player PSU is for Reddish, but it is nice to be able to have these conversations! All we know for guards in the 2018 class is they really, really love Dwayne Cohill and Robby Carmody. 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: December 14, 2015, 08:49 PM »
So it looks as if VATech is in the enviable position of having three head coaches on the payroll. I'm sure there are others.

Including the ridiculous contract they gave to Buzz Williams.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Canisius IGT
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:10 PM »
Color guy was former BSD writer Ryan Stevens.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: December 10, 2015, 02:00 PM »
Here's Good's highlights from the game Skeeza is talking about.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: GW Post-game
« on: December 10, 2015, 11:20 AM »
These threads are fun. Full disclosure, I rewatched the GW game last night which definitely changed some of my initial impressions.

I don't think it's unfair of anyone to point out that Josh Reaves did not play well. Outside of a nice pick-n-roll with Julian and a steal/Eurostep finish on another possession, he did not do much else while being responsible for at least two open threes. But it is absurd to be "very concerned" about him at this point. His instincts and athleticism are obviously there, but he's going to continue to make mistakes as he gets more experience. Unfortunately, the rest of this team is pretty terrible so his mistakes look just as bad as everybody else's. Anyway, he is exactly what we should've thought he'd be at this point. His offense is going to take some time to develop. His quick trigger in this game was not helpful, but at least understandable considering his family and friends were in the stands.

Devin Foster was brought in late because Tim Frazier graduated and Graham Woodward transferred. He should not have been recruited for this level and I will just leave it at that. We just don't have anyone else we can play this year.

I agree with LP on Taylor. Still wildly inconsistent and not a good passer. Before the first media timeout of the game, he had a bad foul on a missed boxout, two terrible turnovers from double-teams that he's seen all year and caused a lane violation. This is our supposed senior leader who's a focal point of our offense. This is why there's so much pessimism (from me, at least) on the Basketbro show. He does not seem much improved to me despite the numbers, but he's Chambers' guy and we'll continue to ride him. In fairness, he certainly has paid his dues.

I'm higher on Banks than most, but after rewatching the game, he had more terrible possessions than I recalled in-game. However, Chambers said he played with a fever on the radio show last night, and he also kept this team from getting its doors blown off in the first half with 8 needed points. After 4 years of Ross Travis offense, I'm just happy to get something from that position so far, even if he uses more possessions than he should. Travis had all of 6 double-figure scoring games last year, Banks already has 6 this season! It's not like this team has many other options. Can we get away with more Washington/Zemgulis at his expense? I don't think Pat thinks he can, but at the same time, it's not like this team has much of a ceiling. As for his defense, I wouldn't say it's good, but I don't find it to be so much worse than everybody else's.

Shep's man defense is good, but he has a tendency to fall asleep in zone. Then again, he's logging marathon minutes so that's excusable in my eyes. He's already playing like an all-Big Ten player the last three games, so it feels like nitpicking to say anything bad about him compared to the rest of the team. Terrified to think where we'd be without him right now.

Need to see more Davis without the knee brace. I was encouraged with him in this game. More there already than I initially expected.

Tony Carr is blue chip. Don't care what anyone else says about freshman and expectations. Watch him play. He will change the game for us next year. Not quite like Melo Trimble did for MD last year, but a similar effect. Now it may not lead to more wins right away considering how small the roster will be up front, but the staff's banking on finding another big in the spring. That's the only explanation in my eyes for their lack of offers to 2017 bigs like Zach Kent, Luke Garza and Ejike Obinna.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: EMU IGT
« on: December 6, 2015, 10:38 AM »
Tough to judge from just one game, but EMU's #2 (Thompson?) has a hell of a lot of talent, but had a ten cent head today.

Seems to be a theme with him. That's why I was disappointed in Murphy defending his player's actions yesterday. Hope he's able to cut that other crap out because he can play.

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OT / Re: Stephen Curry
« on: December 4, 2015, 08:42 AM »
He's like watching the Crispins @ Kentucky every single night. Just absolutely incredible. Best show in sports.

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