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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 03:58 PM »
Painter's recruitment has skyrocketed like crazy. Goes to show how quickly things change these days after one good weekend. Chambers may not have done himself any favors hooking him up with Team Final, if PSU indeed was responsible (I'm just reading between the lines of his quote here and my earlier suspicions, could be completely off base).

People want to label Carr/Stevens as make-or-break guys of this recruiting class. I don't think anyone is "make-or-break" this early in the cycle, but Painter is more important to me due to the fact he's from one of the very few regions in this land that actually pressures an athlete into considering Penn State. Oh, and he's 6'10".

Also Eric Paschall transfer's to Villanova...

I wonder if this will have any bearing in the Lamar Stevens/Tony Carr recruitment for them (and hopefully us)?

CoBL's piece on the transfer...

It probably has more of a bearing on our old buddy Mikal Bridges potentially transferring than anything with current recruits, IMO.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: April 16, 2015, 12:59 PM »
Thanks DJ. That makes me a little more skeptical of him too, but the staff must be pretty confident to let these reports out there. We'll see who makes it Saturday.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: April 16, 2015, 11:23 AM »
I'm still skeptical of these visits with Verlin's rebuttal of Stevens. Not Painter, but we'll have to wait and see with Walker/Carr/Stevens/Bostick. Verlin's far more connected with these kids than anyone on the PSU beat.

As for Fultz, WOW, if he's on campus Saturday. Football people, is Shane Simmons visiting this weekend? I have to wonder if that's Fultz's ride. If he's coming on his own after how his stock just blew threw the roof (with offers from Louisville/Kansas after being an unknown JV prospect last year), that's remarkable. I think that should also put to rest any DA rumors, at least for the time being.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: April 10, 2015, 12:01 PM »
Patrick Chambers @Coach_Chambers    1h 1 hour ago

Hoping on the plane w/ Coach Urgo - stopping by @PITourney to see @djnewbill before starting weekend... #weare

Well there's the EYBL representatives. If I had to guess, Dwayne will be in New Orleans for the UA event and Daly will be in Dallas for the Adidas event.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:48 AM »
Today marks the first of two 3-day evaluation periods in April. PSU will surely be watching Team Final in the first 2015 session of Nike's EYBL down in Hampton, VA at Boo Williams.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: April 4, 2015, 11:38 AM »
WatchESPN has the broadcast archived too.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 31, 2015, 06:45 PM »
Josh Verlin ‏@jmverlin  16m16 minutes ago
Hershey (Pa.)/Team Final 2015 PF Dylan Painter tells me he's been offered by Penn State.

He's 2016 though, not 2015

Guess the staff feels he's capable already. I'd be shocked if PSU doesn't close this one sooner than later.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: March 31, 2015, 12:30 PM »
The shine really came of Tim Miles eh?

Don't trick yourself. It's still pretty safe to assume they'll be better next season.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 30, 2015, 11:26 AM »
2016 DC G Markelle Fultz just got offer by Kansas per twitter, so....yeah.

As for Doughty, he's a scoring guard. Not a true point guard. I don't know why the staff would be seriously interested in that with just one scholarship left, but stranger things have happened.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 29, 2015, 12:07 PM »
Eric, is Doughty a possible spring flip for us now that Lavin was canned?

Do you think this level of recruit at that position would be a serious consideration right now for Penn State? I don't see what need he fills.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Coaching Change Thread
« on: March 25, 2015, 09:26 AM »
I'd think Hurley would wait out a bit better job than DePaul

I just wanna know why Bob over Danny?

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 18, 2015, 01:19 PM »
2016 big man Dylan Painter is playing for Team Final in the spring/summer. I can't confirm if this is true, but I think it's safe to assume Penn State's staff is responsible for linking the Hershey prospect and the Philadelphia AAU program. Painter's recruitment has reached at least the A-10 level with a recent offer from George Washington. If he continues to progress and blossoms into a high major guy with Team Final over the summer and earns an offer from the staff, PSU will be the favorite to land his services. He's been up for multiple games this past season, IIRC.

Penn State offered the Hardnett kid immediately after Traci Carter committed. That suggests to me that Chambers is in the market for a point guard with that last 2015 scholarship, IMO. Hardnett would be a great land as Chambers is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with everyone else in the market for a PG right now. The pickings are slim and Hardnett seems to be the "next man up" after Carter committed as the next best available PG prospect. It would be wise for us to keep a close eye on PG decommitments, transfers or emerging JuCo prospects over the next month as the market replenishes.

Not surprised at the recent Markelle Fultz offer (I think I linked an earlier article this year that detailed his rise to prominence this past high school season). Still surprised PSU was this late to the party. All that matters is earning a potential commitment though, so we'll see what happens there. There's gonna be tons of steep competition for him over the summer.

2016 C Sedee Keita is from SW Philadelphia, but goes to school in South Carolina. He could be the Top-100 big man PSU desperately needs in this class. He's got the kind of profile Syracuse has relied on in Philly with guys like Dion Waiters/Rakeem Christmas/etc. With their sanctions, this can only help PSU's chances here. He runs with Terrell Myers' (former St. Joe's player) WE-R-1 AAU program that this staff has had some connections with Julian and Isaiah.

Not that this needs to be pointed out, but surely the staff will have a presence at the Giant Center this weekend. Curious to see if it's just Pat or Pat and company. If it's Pat and company, they really are going to be aggressive all summer for Carr/Stevens. I'd expect a member of this staff present at all Team Final events in April/July.

Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA tourney
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:48 AM »
Trending up: SEC
Trending down: Big 10

This analysis based on approximately four minutes, top, of the Ole Miss-BYU and Alabama-Illinois games.

The 2015 recruiting class rankings show the same trend.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:15 PM »

76 percent of the way there....

Finally got a chance to contribute this year.

Penn State Basketball / Re: NIT Bubble?
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:33 AM »
Bleacher Report says yes to Illinois and Minnesota, no to Penn State

In typical BR fashion, they gave Tulsa two bids there. I find John Templon to be the most reliable source at NYC buckets. Especially when he noted how NIT-licious our profile was after the non-con back in December when I wrote that RPI piece. Here's his update today. Need Michigan and Florida to lose and obviously a PSU win today.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Hampton decommits...
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:42 PM »
Thanks for the fact-check. Incredible how firmly-held beliefs don't match reality in so many instances, in all areas (not just hoops, or Penn State hoops).

Your beliefs are valid. From sports-reference for Jordan's last two conference seasons.

Win Shares0.20.8

Penn State Basketball / Re: Hampton decommits...
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:12 PM »
It is way too early in the 2016 recruiting calendar to suggest this situation is "eerily similar" to the infamous European recruiting trip. We are talking about a coaching staff that landed 4 players in one month back in June 2013 and 7 players in the first 10 months on the job (although yes, Austin did not stick). They have never "scrambled" to fill scholarships in 4 years.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: March 11, 2015, 02:41 PM »
Garner better as a true frosh than Battle?

"One of". Garner/Battle freshman stats are quite similar to be honest, but Geary and Jamelle had the better frosh seasons. Other than them, y'all are gonna have to help me out with anyone else who can even be in the conversation.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: March 11, 2015, 01:48 PM »
My man Phil Mitten with a really nice overview today of the talent in the Big Ten and recruiting.

Puts it in perspective the talent problem we have when one of our best true freshman ever isn't even in the top-10 of frosh in the league this year, in a freshman recruiting class that is underwhelming by B1G standards. Yes, even with Russell/Trimble/Blackmon.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Hampton decommits...
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:48 PM »
This is all too eerily similar to the situation where DeChellis ended up taking a bunch of Euro kids to fill out a recruiting class.

Instead of Euros, I have a feeling that we will see a few JuCo kids in this class.

This is bull, it's not close to comparable to Ed yet. The parallels to Trey Burke and Joe Hampton are there obviously, but it's not like we were in with a bunch of top recruits at that time either, like the current staff is with Stevens, Carr, De'Andre Hunter, etc. Hopefully with Syracuse's sanctions, they can make a serious push at Sedee Keita, too. He's the kind of kid Syracuse has lived off of recently and would be an incredible complement to Mike Watkins down low. Pat signs him (or another big of that caliber), he can go 3-15 next year for all I care.

Ed took those European kids in the spring, like so many of his regular recruits. In fact, over HALF of Ed's signed recruits in his tenure were signed in the spring. That's not good. In fact, it's quite alarming. That should only happen during years of mass turnover whether from a coaching change or numerous transfers like Maryland had last year.

Cannot believe people are panicking already and we don't even know the potential fallout from this season with our current players.  ::)

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 10, 2015, 07:58 AM »
Highly doubt he actually made it to the OSU game. Not a crystalball guy, but if I was, Traci would be my first pick. He's going to Marquette.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: March 2, 2015, 04:13 PM »
I'm reluctant to criticize talent evaluation and risk in hindsight.

Also, I am completely with you here 99.9% of the time. But this one is personal to a lot of the 717 people on this board because the 717 community didn't particularly care where he ranked. We all thought he could play at this level. Clearly Pat did too or they wouldn't have recruited him. But he's not here and ultimately that's Pat's fault. Not Devin's.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: March 2, 2015, 04:04 PM »
You guys are misremembering. This BT or DT decision was well before carefrontations. Alexis was the first, and it was in the middle of the first season during the Big Ten. This was to allow the staff to openly and aggressively pursue Sheldon Jeter during the season.

But the staff would have caused a mutiny and would likely have lost all integrity with DeChellis' holdovers if they "oversigned" before their first game. He spent all June reassuring players and families during his world tour that their scholarships were gonna be honored. His word would have meant nothing to these people if he oversigned two months later.

There's valid reasons for why it transpired the way it did. Just like with this basketball season and being 3-13. That said, while I am obviously patient with Pat, those still have to be counted as strikes against him.

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