He was a revelation, a refreshing success story after New Orleans had endured a frustrating portion of the season filled with bad news, including key injuries, a losing streak and the vanishing of realistic playoff hopes. When point guard Tim Frazier signed with the Pelicans on March 16, they’d already begun to lose important key contributors to injuries and had dropped the first four games of a coast-to-coast five-game road trip. From just about the instant the 10-day signee stepped on the court at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, however, the Pelicans began looking like a more cohesive team.
Frazier made an eye-opening debut for New Orleans in a 15-point road win over the Kings, finishing with 14 points and nine assists, a sign of things to come over the final month of the regular season. Almost exclusively in a reserve role, Frazier was an effective scorer (13.1 points per game, 45.0 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range), but more importantly, he adeptly ran the New Orleans offense by consistently spotting open teammates for baskets. Frazier averaged 7.5 assists in his 16 games with New Orleans; if he’d averaged 7.5 over the course of the entire 2015-16 season, it would’ve ranked him tied for sixth in the NBA, behind only Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio….
Source: Season in Review 2015-16: Tim Frazier | New Orleans Pelicans
Dana O’Neil at ESPN:
With this year’s incoming class, Patrick Chambers finally might have solved the riddle. The Penn State head coach signed three players from Philadelphia Catholic League traditional power Roman Catholic High School, signings that not only instantly make the Nittany Lions better but as important, give the program a legitimate footprint in Philly and a hope for the future. Because if this quartet, a class currently ranked 25th in the nation, performs well, there’s no doubt other Philly kids will consider making the quick trip west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to play basketball.
Now or never might seem a bit dramatic, but really if not now, when will Penn State change the tune on its basketball program?
Source: Looking ahead: Is Penn State about to solve its hoops riddle? – Men’s College Basketball Blog- ESPN
BWI reports that Joe Hampton is enrolling Saturday:
Taking classes in both the first and second academic summer sessions lasting six weeks beginning Monday and lasting through August, it’s a jump Nittany Lion head coach Patrick Chambers is excited to have Hampton start. And, even though Hampton missed all of Oak Hill’s season, he has been medically cleared to participate and work out, which he’s already doing.
“He’s running, he’s shooting, he’s working out,” said Chambers. “But this is a whole new level of mentality, new level of physicality, of conditioning, of weight lifting, of intensity. So I always say we’ll put the training wheels on and hopefully we’ll take them off by the fall.”
Suffering the setback in October, Hampton has used the time since to rehabilitate the knee to the point where the possibility of participation for the 2016-17 season is on the table, said Chambers.
“The injury hurt him a little bit, but he’s already eating well, he’s already listening to us, he’s already doing what he’s supposed to do,” said Chambers. “I look for him Summer Session II to be 100 percent, full force.
Player of the Year
Tony Carr, G, Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), 6-3/170, Sr.
The ultimate big-game point guard, Carr lifted the Cahillites to a second straight Class AAAA state championship, averaging 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Ranked as the No. 41 recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, Carr will play next year at Penn State, alongside two of his current Roman Catholic teammates.
Source: 2015-16 ALL-USA Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Team | | USA Today High School Sports
After leading Roman Catholic to the PIAA title, Penn State signees Tony Carr, Nazeer Bostick and Lamar Stevens were each named Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State first-team selections in Class AAAA on Saturday.
Carr, Bostick and Stevens led Roman Catholic to a 73-62 win over Allderdice in the state championship game in March, capturing the school’s second straight title. Stevens had 27 points and seven rebounds in the title game, while Bostick added 15 points and Carr had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Carr repeated as the Class AAAA Player of the Year.
Allderdice’s James Jackson, Reading’s Lonnie Walker IV and Hershey’s Dylan Painter rounded out the Class AAAA first team….
Other targets are on the list.
Source: Penn State commits Carr, Bostick and Stevens lead All-State boys’ basketball team | Centre Daily Times