Welcome, Houston Mallette

Houston Mallette, a 6-5 combo guard from Newport Beach, CA, has committed to Penn State. He’s in the high school class of 2021.

https://twitter.com/mallettehouston/status/1261420528541159425?s=21
https://twitter.com/mallettehouston/status/1261421133275906048?s=21
https://twitter.com/coach_chambers/status/1261422042278178816?s=21

Here’s what 247 said about him just today:

Mallette has excellent size for a guard and in a game that increasingly values shooting, the three-star prospect does that as well as most players on the west in 2021.

While Mallette came up as more of a shoot-first combo guard, he really hangs his hat on his ability to knock down jumpers off the bounce and may end up as more of a two that can play some one.

Mallette has good size and length so if he ends up more of an off-ball shooting specialist in college, there won’t be a huge transition for him.

Still, Mallette has the ball skills and vision to create for teammates as well.

Mallette’s size and length also give him upside as a versatile defender, especially as he gains strength.

Here’s BWI’s video:

Welcome, TaQuan Woodley

TaQuan Woodley, a 6-7 forward from Camden, NJ, has committed to Penn State. He’s a member of the high school class of 2021.

Discuss the commitment on the forum.

Welcome, Sam Sessoms

Philadelphia guard Sam Sessoms, who played two years at Binghamton, has committed to Penn State. A transfer student, he has two years of eligibility remaining.

Delgreco Wilson of The Black Cager:

Desirous of an opportunity to compete at the highest level, Sessoms has decided to join a Nittany Lion club that was ranked in the top 25 most of the last season. He will redshirt a year have seasons of eligibility remaining.

When asked why he chose Penn State over Rutgers, Wichita State, Marquette, Clemson and 50 other suitors, Sessoms said “It’s a great school, degree from Penn State will be huge for a boy from the Bottom section of West Philly. And, the Penn State alumni family is huge, I look forward to becoming a part of the network. As far as basketball is concerned, I think it’s a nice fit. I can see myself growing as a player and person under Coach Chambers and the coaching staff. Most importantly after basketball, a degree from Penn state would be good for me for the rest of my life.” 

One of the most entertaining and competitive players in college basketball, Sessoms will provide Chambers with yet another Philly guard with a chip on his shoulder. Expectations will be high and Sessoms will exceed them.

Welcome home to the City 7 Sam Sessoms!

BWI: Nittany Lions Add Dynamic Scoring Point Guard, Sam Sessoms, Via Transfer

247: PSU hoops adds high-scoring PG Sessoms from transfer portal

Penn Live: America East scoring champ Sam Sessoms, Philly-bred PG, announces transfer from Binghamton to Penn State

Welcome, Sonny Johnson Jr.

Penn State gets an early commitment from 2022 PG Sonny Johnson Jr. of Garfield Heights, OH.

Johnson’s a 5-10 PG said to have an offer from Michigan State and interest from Wisconsin.

Discuss it on the forum.

Penn State is a consensus Top 25 team

Ten games into its 2019-20 season, the Nittany Lion basketball team is ranked in the top 25 by every major poll and advanced analytics service.

More important, Penn State was ranked No. 18 in the NCAA’s initial NET rankings, which the NCAA tournament selection committee uses on Selection Sunday to help determine bids and seedings.

ServiceRank
AP (Writers)23
USA Today (Coaches)24
NCAA Net18
KenPom.com24
ESPN BPI25
Sagarin17

Welcome, Valdir Manuel

Valdir Manuel, a 6-10 big man and a top 50 junior college prospect at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, has committed to the Nittany Lions.

https://twitter.com/valdir_ngule/status/1187374815931490306
https://twitter.com/Coach_Chambers/status/1187376202169888770?s=20

Some highlights in a tape from 2018:

Roar Lions Roar:
3-Star JuCo Center Valdir Manuel Commits to Penn State
The big man is headed to Happy Valley.

Discuss it on the forum.

Welcome, DJ Gordon

Penn State gets a really important commitment from DJ Gordon, a long SG with a rep as a tenacious defender.

https://twitter.com/shooter_deej14/status/1182059025212547072?s=21

https://twitter.com/coach_chambers/status/1182059681403064325?s=21

“D.J. is one of the toughest players I’ve been around,” Team Final director Aaron Burt said. “He was injured all spring and summer and never complained. He competed like he was fighting for minutes every day. 

“He’s super athletic, competitive and coachable. He has all the tools to be an elite defender and an explosive scorer. His toughness and passion is second to none.”

-ZagsBlog

Welcome, Caleb Dorsey

Caleb Dorsey, a 6-7 wing forward at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, has committed to Penn State.

https://twitter.com/__cd23/status/1166837336065400832
https://twitter.com/Coach_Chambers/status/1166834839309488129

Discuss it on the forum

What a schedule!

How’s this for a stretch:

  • November 27: Mississippi @ Brooklyn (Pre-season NIT)
  • November 29: Syracuse OR Oklahoma State @ Brooklyn (Pre-season NIT)
  • December 4: Wake Forest
  • December 7: @ Ohio State
  • December 10: Maryland
  • December 14: Alabama

Oh, and Penn State is returning to the Palestra to host Iowa on January 4.

The Big 10 schedule was released today. Penn State’s schedule is now complete.