News of another Penn State verbal is breaking late this afternoon, this time on the basketball side, however. ESPNBoston.com is reporting new coach Pat Chambers has landed his first recruit, Akosa Maduegbunam out of Charlestown, Mass.
Maduegbunam is a 6'3" swing man and is a two-star recruit according to ESPN. The Worldwide Leader gives him two stars, a scout's grade of 82 and this.
A physically gifted swingman who has developed dependable three-point range on his jumper, Maduegbunam is a versatile offensive player who must continue to develop his overall ball skills and feel for the game to maximize his upside.
ESPNBoston.com says in two years at Charlestown High School, Maduegbunam averaged 20.5 points, seven rebound and three assists, so it looks like he can be a force on both sides of the ball. Over at Boston.com, he describes his game this way.
Sometimes you gotta do little things to get extra points. I probably I get about 14 points [o]ff my own miss. You gotta do the little clean up and get your own rebounds and sometimes I always need the ball in my hands so I go get the ball myself and make sure I get the rebound.
Maduegbunam will fill one of the two scholarships presently projected to be open for the 2012 recruiting class. One is Cammeron Woodyard's and the other was vacated by Juwan Staten when he decided to transfer to West Virginia. Maduegbunam will give Penn State much needed depth at the three spot, where only Ross Travis projects as a long-term option.
Here's video of him at Boston University, Chambers' last stop as head coach.