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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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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: January 1, 2014, 11:35 PM »
He was sick that game.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: January 1, 2014, 02:10 PM »
Mike Watkins Triple Double vs New Rochelle on Vimeo


So Mike Watkins is pretty good.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:18 PM »
How can you be exhausted of a football coach? That doesn't make one lick of sense.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Game Changer??
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:19 AM »
I wouldn't call a 3.5 MPG, 0.5 PPG and 0.9 RPG player last year a 'gamechanger', but I'm certainly happy that he's eligible to play immediately. We need bodies up front so having him available can't hurt.

Johnson Dickerson pulled down 23 rebounds in 92 minutes of play.  That works out to 10.0 rebounds per 40 minutes of play.

Here's how our other forwards' rebounding looks when normalized.

Ross Travis 103 rebounds in 400 minutes = 10.3 reb per 40.
Brandon Taylor 61 rebounds in 318 min = 7.7 reb per 40.
Donovan Jack 44 rebounds in 265 min = 6.5 reb per 40.

When you have a guy who can rebound almost as well as Ross Travis, one of the best in the conference, you have a potential difference maker.

You're joking.

It did not read like a joke to me; and, here's to hoping that it is the dead on truth!

To extrapolate 92 meaningless minutes into a full game projection has to be a joke, because it's unfair to the kid to think someone who barely played in Conference-USA last year is going to come into the Big Ten with that kind of rebounding production right away.

For reference, Tim Frazier played 130 minutes last year before he got hurt. That's almost one more full game than Dickerson.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA application on Dickerson
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:34 PM »
Exactly, what I thought when I saw the announcement. Johnson gets punished because Jamie put in a practice game for a couple of min.in order to try to lock him in for another year. As a result, he has to sit out a season and a half.

Johnson was always going to have to sit until now. His waiver was trying to reinstate another year of eligibility for him, but as it stands, he's only going to have 2.5 years to play hoops.


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Penn State Basketball / Re: Game Changer??
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:16 PM »
I wouldn't call a 3.5 MPG, 0.5 PPG and 0.9 RPG player last year a 'gamechanger', but I'm certainly happy that he's eligible to play immediately. We need bodies up front so having him available can't hurt.

Johnson Dickerson pulled down 23 rebounds in 92 minutes of play.  That works out to 10.0 rebounds per 40 minutes of play.

Here's how our other forwards' rebounding looks when normalized.

Ross Travis 103 rebounds in 400 minutes = 10.3 reb per 40.
Brandon Taylor 61 rebounds in 318 min = 7.7 reb per 40.
Donovan Jack 44 rebounds in 265 min = 6.5 reb per 40.

When you have a guy who can rebound almost as well as Ross Travis, one of the best in the conference, you have a potential difference maker.

You're joking.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Game Changer??
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:33 PM »
I wouldn't call a 3.5 MPG, 0.5 PPG and 0.9 RPG player last year a 'gamechanger', but I'm certainly happy that he's eligible to play immediately. We need bodies up front so having him available can't hurt. 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:19 AM »
Josh Gershon‏@JoshGershon   
#Colorado coach Tad Boyle + assistant and coaches from #Cal, #UCLA and #PennState are watching 2015 Temecula Valley PG Justin Simon.

We are really on this kid, and if I recall, he visited PSU on his own dime.  This would be a great pick-up for PSU.

He should be a top-50/top-75 guy when all is said and done. Another Compton Magic kid. But it's going to be very hard to pull him all the way out here without some kind of track record on the court, especially with Payton Banks unofficially redshirting this year.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Game in Rec Hall????
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:44 PM »
PSHoops.com's own tjb penned a fantastic guest column for us as part of our Return To Rec features.

Thanks again, Tim!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Duquesne (CONSOL Energy Center) IGT
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:11 PM »
The only two that played well tonight are D. Jack and Roberts.  But, collectively, they did what they had to do to get the W.  Then listening to the post game show on the way home, I hear Tim has a career high in assists and Ross has a ton of boards.  At the game, I did think Ross had quite a few as he really went and got the ball tonight.  But, I didn't think Tim had a good game despite the number of assists.  Too many bad decisions.

I had some fun poking around the box score after the game.

The first thing is the rebounding totals are really hard to get excited about - Duquesne missed 46 shots and 12 free throws. There were so many opportunities. Yes, Jack and Travis stuffed their statsheet, but they honestly probably should have had 15+, considering Duquesne had 21 offensive boards.

As for Tim, we all thought he was subpar. He had 4 pretty terrible turnovers for a 5th year senior. He only shot 3-10 from the floor. But at the end of the day, he accounted for 44 of our 68 points (65%). He assisted 7 of our 9 made threes. Absurd.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Duquesne (CONSOL Energy Center) IGT
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:16 PM »
Played an off/ugly game and we won.  Good road win.

They came away with a double digit win and Chambers has plenty to get on them about.  They obviously need to learn how to win these games more cleanly. 

Having said that, it was a double digit win on their court and Penn State answered any runs Duquesne put together.

9 is not double-digits ;)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: @ Duquesne (CONSOL Energy Center) IGT
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:05 PM »
Eric,

my humblest apologizes for ever questioning the freeness of this link.  THANKS!!!

Haha it was a valid concern! No apologies necessary.

Go State!

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Duquesne Game
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:15 PM »
I honestly don't think there's reason to be skeptical. Maybe of the quality, but it is most definitely free.

http://www.goduquesne.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/082213aaa.html

To get to the stream: Click here and then click on the 'Live Events' tab towards the top.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: MSU Game almost moved to LA?
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:43 PM »
Izzo really wants to be at the Rose Bowl for MSU. That's really where it all stemmed from. Glad to see Pat was open to it and they really tried to make it work. It would've been pretty neat. Especially since the staff has been working the Compton Magic AAU program as one of their target relationships in recruiting.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Stream for tomorrow.
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:34 AM »
Duquesne's game notes claim the game will be 'free streaming'

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: December 9, 2013, 07:28 PM »
Quote from: @RallyInq
Mike Watkins had 13 points, 18 rebounds & six blocks & Samir Doughty added 17 as Math, Civics & Sciences beat Council Rock North, 57-41.


Samir Doughty & Mike Watkins connect on sick alley oop

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Pitt IGT
« on: December 4, 2013, 05:30 PM »
It really is all about the relationships like Chambers has said from day one. From someone very much involved in the local philly hoops scene who is close to Newbill:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=186&f=3506&t=12420301&p=2

Quote from: phillyhoops4life
Many of the grassroots/AAU guys in Philly complain that Big 5 schools ONLY seem interested in potential "program changers"... Nova/Temple/SJU, they feel, only come after the top 100 Philly kids...

These guys feel that their other D1 kids don't get a fair look from local programs.. So, when they have "Big Time" kids they don't feel obliged to steer kids toward local programs...

Fair assessment or not, that's how they see it... PSU on the other hand has exhibited a strong interest in many local kids and it's been paying off...

The role of the "grassroots/AAU" guys is THE key... Those relationships need to be cultivated, nursed and maintained...


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