If Marlon Smith and Ben Luber looked a little tired at the end of last year, if their jump shots didn’t have quite the arc, or their drop-step wasn’t quite as quick, they had a good excuse. Smith spent less than 80 seconds of each game on the bench last year; Luber, less than a minute.
A rash of midseason departures and a shortage of available bodies left Penn State unable to run the up-tempo offense favored by coach Ed DeChellis. But a deep recruiting class has gone a long way toward fixing that problem
“We’re way more athletic than we’ve ever been before. I’m more athletic than I’ve ever been before,” forward Aaron Johnson said. “We’re way faster. We’re way stronger. I just think it’s going to be a different team you’re looking at this year.”