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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 03:21 PM »
http://mobile.philly.com/sports/high_school/?wss=/philly/sports/high_school/pennsylvania/&id=294228261

Stevens and Carr. Two huge targets for the next 9 months to watch.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 12:53 PM »
First time in a long time we've apparently been asleep at the wheel on a fast-rising guard in the 2016 class in DC. To connect the dots, last year this kid was playing JV while Joe Hampton and Alani Moore were starting at DeMatha. They transferred out and now this kid has blossomed into a Top 100 guy. Kinda surprised we weren't mentioned in the article but we haven't targeted that AAU affiliation either. May not be an option for us now but one to watch!

http://mobile.sportingnews.com/article/4636983-markelle-fultz-ohio-state-kansas-north-carolina-state-kentucky-creighton-texas-wake-forest-maryland?modid=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F6Jkk8VGC4p

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tracking the Commitments
« on: Yesterday at 12:02 AM »
http://youtu.be/9hGlWCGqNOo


He seems to be really coming along offensively. Granted many of his buckets in here are uncontested layups, but the explosiveness and skill on some of those low-post moves.....

Against future D1 competition, too.

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http://pennstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Chambers-talks-upgrades-to-hoops-program-35883308


He had to freakin wait 4 years just for this opportunity. I'm sure his wishlist is 10+ pages.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:58 PM »
So we do seem to still be very much involved in Traci Carter's recruitment...sounds like we'll be getting an unofficial visit here soon. But he doesn't have much time for the world tour he's planning if he's really trying to visit close to 10 schools before the end of the spring signing period.

http://delgrecowilson.com/2015/02/18/a-tough-philly-guard-the-recruitment-of-traci-carter/


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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:41 PM »
Text/chat/forum talk interpretation: I think Eric is asking Tom not to presume that a HS coach would tell his player before telling the media....

Could be wrong.

Sorry for the lack of clarity. This is correct. They're called "handlers" in the business. Those "handlers" very rarely include the actual high school coach, by the way.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:49 PM »
I'd like to think the coach would tell the kid before he tells local beat writers.

Don't. That's not how it is, whether right or wrong.

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Penn State Basketball / Shaka Smart Radio Show Comments
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:19 AM »
Must Read.

Quote from: Shaka Smart, VCU Head Coach
ďWe talk to our guys all the time about the difference between interest and commitment. When youíre interested in something, you do it when itís convenient. When youíre committed to something, you do it all the time, even when you lost that feeling that you originally had when you you made the original commitment.

But the problem with todayís society, and especially in our basketball culture, is kids grow up learning to be conditionally bought in. In other words, Ďif things are going well for me then I will listen and I will follow the plan and I will do what you ask me to do coach. If things are going well for me then Iím going to have a good attitude; Iím going to be coachable. But if theyíre not, Iím going to get off the page and Iím going to do what I want. Itís okay for me to violate team rules; itís okay for me to not be coachable; itís okay for me to take a bad attitude; itís okay for me not to be a good teammate.í

And the reality is that itís a disease that impacts the vast majority of teams. What most fans donít realize is this is the number one thing that we fight as coaches every day. Itís a daily battle. People think itís about pick and roll and dunking the ball and making jumpers. If our guys have a clear head for being committed to what goes into winning, then weíre going to win most of the time, unless we play a team thatís just that much better than us.

But when you see us struggle itís not because we didnít work on free throw shooting or work on our three point shot. Itís because maybe a guy got off the page, or maybe a couple guys did, and I try to tell our staff all the time itís not about the scouting report. Itís not about how weíre going to guard pick and roll. Itís about Ďdoes this guy have a clear mind?í If he has a clear mind like Mike Gilmore did last game, then he can score 10 points in 14 minutes. If he doesnít have a clear mind then he shoots the ball off the side of the backboard. Itsí the same guy.Ē

And since this topic has been hit here recently:

Quote from: Shaka Smart, VCU Head Coach
ďSocial media is a bear. Iíll use Mel as an example, too. We hit a stretch in the season where Mel was very upset with the media, with certain fans. Unfortunately this guy reads message boards sometimes. And people are being critical of Melvin because heís missing shots. Melís like, Ďwell Iím not missing on purpose.í Mel donít be so sensitive. Clear that stuff out of your mind. Focus on the next thing we need to do. But again, Melvin Johnson is a young man. He has feelings.

Kornheiser said itÖitís a really, really good point that he made. A lot of us are really, really good at staying focused when people say good things about usÖbut as soon as someone says one negative critical thing we flip out. We canít handle it. Especially at that age, thatís a challenge. As coaches thats a big part of what we need to be doing.Ē

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Penn State Basketball / Re: The Long View
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:38 PM »
I'll just leave this here for reference. My numbers only go back to 99-2000 season, but this was a graphic that was to be used for a BSD piece that never was (but still could be in the coming weeks) during the 0-6 start. I updated this year's total to show where we are.


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Penn State Basketball / Re: The Long View
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:16 PM »
Finally some DT discussion. Pat's biggest failure so far in my eyes. Jermaine Marshall's transfer is a close 2nd.

Devin wanted to commit, called to the coaching staff to commit and was denied because Taylor had pledged right before him. He was told there weren't any available scholarships and they wouldn't be able to accept his commitment. Whether that happened the same day or the day before or even two days before, I don't remember exactly.

But the three events/circumstances responsible for Devin Thomas not being at Penn State were:
1 - A verbal commitment from Akosa Maduegbunam
2 - A verbal commitment from Brandon Taylor
3 - Not willing to "oversign" (because this was well before carefrontations on the calendar).

You can make cases justifying all three of those decisions by Chambers. But in total, it just doesn't make up for the fact they refused the commitment of a 6'9" rebounding machine in their own backyard.

Pat's been paying for it ever since.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Keyser SŲze
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:56 PM »
he proceeded to spend about the next 15 minutes berating me for

I can get pretty wound up about the Sandusky thing, which I regard as somewhat important (even if my opinions about it are off base), but I can't for the life of me figure out what drives the intensity of people like your friend in the bar, and CE and even Rokk. It really is like their own self-esteem is associated with the performance of our favorite teams.

Someone on BSD today literally said he can't wait for me to be proven wrong about Pat.

As for Lar's story, that's a damn shame. I've met Rokk and Kidcoyote among many others on here. Rokk's as wild as you'd imagine, but he wasn't downright rude or obnoxious. Then again at the time I met him, I was on the same side of the fire/retain the coach argument with him, so perhaps that made the experience more bearable.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier PSU NBA Record Book Watch
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:23 PM »
Love that you guys have these numbers readily available.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Keyser SŲze
« on: February 23, 2015, 06:40 PM »
I'm slowly emerging from the bomb shelter after Saturday afternoon and what the hell?

FWIW, Rokk had at least 3 or 4 accounts registered with SBNation when we finally had to cut the cord there. And of course, the 3-4 accounts he used all had matching gmail addresses to his absurd usernames.

Oh you guys banned him? I thought he was on vacation?

Well in fairness to him, Facebook shows he really is on vacation right now.

He was given a week break after taking the vulgarity up a notch after one of the losses. He responded to the ban by ignoring it and continuing to post under a bunch of different monikers that he already had created for whatever reason. So that was that.


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Penn State Basketball / Re: Keyser SŲze
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:49 PM »
I'm slowly emerging from the bomb shelter after Saturday afternoon and what the hell?

FWIW, Rokk had at least 3 or 4 accounts registered with SBNation when we finally had to cut the cord there. And of course, the 3-4 accounts he used all had matching gmail addresses to his absurd usernames.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:47 PM »
Anyone take in the Catholic League semis last night at the Palestra?

I would love to think we have a shot at Quade Green in 2017 but we haven't had success at Neumann-Goretti yet. The sophomore has been arguably the best player in the league - 26 points on 10-13 shooting last night in a hard fought 70-65 win over La Salle.

Arguably our top 2016 target - Tony Carr - had a huge game for Roman in a big win over Archbishop Carroll (with Daly's son, Derrick Jones, etc.). CoBL story.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:15 PM »
Look for a C and a PG to round out Hampton's class. The fourth scholarship may not exist in a few months. Gotta see what opportunities arise after the season in the transfer/decommitment market first.

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We know nothing is going to change with how we are officiated. You can't turn humans into robots.

But if I was a high school player, sign me up for a coach willing to drop $10,000 of his own loot for an injustice (in the players' eyes) suffered at the hands of people who shouldn't have a direct influence in the outcomes of games.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:57 AM »
Eh, I know of 1 in women's basketball, but that's because they don't want to pay the buyout, so they're willing to ride out the contract.

Nice try, but your employer doesn't count  ;). Although I guess I should've specified that original point to include only high major programs.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:19 AM »
Exactly, Skeeza. Who the hell knows because of the instability of our administration the last three years. This is completely unacceptable and another gross example of this institution not supporting the program. It's not a good look that Sandy didn't publicly address it before the season. I don't think it's close to a damnation of her AD capabilities but it's not a good start.

Can't you ask this? I thought Penn State was in a new era of openness. This is a serious reply. Anyone can ask, but you're a working journalist, no?

While I did just rail on her, we are giving some benefit of the doubt to Sandy, because as you said, we don't really know what she's been doing. We'll find out soon enough. But if for some unworldly reason nothing is announced after the season and its the spring signing period and the uncertainty remains, we will definitely start poking around up there.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:51 AM »
Exactly, Skeeza. Who the hell knows because of the instability of our administration the last three years. This is completely unacceptable and another gross example of this institution not supporting the program. It's not a good look that Sandy didn't publicly address it before the season. I don't think it's close to a damnation of her AD capabilities but it's not a good start.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:38 AM »
There's reason to be bullish on Pat, there's reason to be bearish. That's what people like CE cannot accept. Just can't accept that Pat hasn't convinced everyone that he is the next version of Jay Wright (which would be great btw, as I have said before I love Jay Wright and have met him several times)! At least with others who agree with Eric (and I see a lot of logic in Eric's reasoning, but disagree with him about some of it, no matter), they can acknowledge that Pat isn't infallible yet and does have to do more to be the long term solution here. And if Pat is the long term solution, then I'd be happy, no need to chop and change coaches every 6-8 years then. Those are good things!

The odd thing is apart from a small vocal minority, people seem to be on board with a Chambers contract extension. So, I'm not sure what more you are doing here CE in terms of insulting and trying to discredit those who have called you out on your ridiculousness.

There shouldn't be any minority if people want Penn State to be a winning program, at least when it comes to the contract discussion. Either you support Pat being removed as head coach or Penn State extends his contract. There is no third option of "let Pat coach for another year or two to prove he deserves an extension". But these are the same people that, from my experience, will criticize Penn State's meager coaches' salaries or our lack of spending as to why we can't be whatever it is we hope this program to be. Someone find me a coach in college basketball that is coaching in his last year of his contract, because I've never seen it. But apparently it's okay for Penn State to do that to Pat, because he hasn't won anything yet.

The extension isn't meant to guarantee anything with Pat's actual job security. I've never suggested as such. It is solely for the perception it provides in recruiting, nothing else. If you are in agreement that Pat deserves another year or two to see where he can take this recruiting class, you should be in support of a contract extension. It doesn't mean he's guaranteed to work through the duration of the extension at all. Nor is anyone demanding he is given that long of a leash!

I get the naysayer question of "when" or "how long" with the current coach. It's a perfectly valid question! But that question can only be answered subjectively and measured at the time of when it was asked. Right now, recruiting is of historic proportions, so I don't know how you don't at least reward that with a chance to develop these guys coming in. He's got at least another 2 years from me unless some devastating commitments/transfers occur (not likely). It's an incredibly short-sighted view to value wins only in year 4, if you're already willing to admit this was at least a 5-year rebuilding job.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:09 PM »
Ridiculous comparison.  Complaining about officials in a game thread is harmless. 

Nobody but that ONE guy makes truly personal attacks and insults like...ever.  And he does it in nearly every single post.  This is a guy who looked up my personal email address and wrote me hate messages before ever signing up for this forum, because the way I defended Ed upset him so much 5 years ago.  He's unstable at best.

Dude, you know almost no one here's gonna sympathize with you. You said it yourself, you're not here to make friends. So why the thin skin now?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:05 PM »
All I can say to you, CE, is I'm right there with you in frustration. Your last post just confirms we're also now on the same page. I have been battling the negativity and the sheer ignorance of college basketball recruiting in this fan base for a while now. My frustration spawned these four features over the summer on BSD to illustrate just how handcuffed Pat was with the roster he inherited before I burned out.

Tim Miles comparison
Mark Turgeon comparison
Fran McCaffery comparison
John Groce comparison

But you're hurting your own cause if you can't ever change your combative tone around here. You just gotta accept that some people are never going to be optimistic about this program. Perhaps you can't blame them with all the losing. But all their cynicism is going to allow them to see is the losses and failures on the court. Nothing else matters. It doesn't make any rational sense, but it is what it is. Just be glad you're not one of them. (and in fairness to craftsy, I'm not referring about him here).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Not sure I have faith in Sandy Barbour
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:19 PM »
He really can't handle his emotions.

While this is true, it does not apply solely to him. Just look at any IGT ever.

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