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First scrimmage against Morgan State is Fri Nov 14th.

...28 days and counting....

Our first "secret" scrimmage is at Temple on Nov. 1. Our second scrimmage is at home vs Hofstra on Nov. 8. The first game against Morgan State is Nov. 14.

/Lar'd

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It's 2014, guys. Big guys aren't on the floor to clog the paint on offense. That's actually quite detrimental to our offense which is predicated on driving to the basket. Back-to-the-basket isn't quite dead, but that's not what our bigs are suppose to do.

I don't care what year it is...   ...if you want to win, you better be able to do WHATEVER it takes to win, not just run with the latest fad.

It doesn't matter that "all the other teams" are shooting 3PTers.  If we are one of the WORST teams in the entire nation at shooting 3PTers, then you better find something else that is working.

I think a large part of that awful 3PT % is exactly what others are saying...   if you have no inside THREAT, the other team can play the arc just a little tighter !!!

Maybe we should bring three yards and a cloud of dust back to Beaver Stadium. I'm sure that'll convince Wimbush to come back!

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It's 2014, guys. Big guys aren't on the floor to clog the paint on offense. That's actually quite detrimental to our offense which is predicated on driving to the basket. Back-to-the-basket isn't quite dead, but that's not what our bigs are suppose to do.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:56 PM »
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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