Basketball Recruiting Big Board - 10.29.12

Come to Penn Staaaate! - Jamie Sabau

Recruiting never stops. While PSU may technically be out of scholarships, that's not stopping them from working on future classes.

Recruiting never stops in college basketball. While PSU has four 2013 commitments who will be signing their Letter of Intent in just over two weeks, plenty of work can still be done to build in-roads and develop relationships with potential prospects. Chambers and his staff has been taking advantage of their early recruiting to focus on rising juniors and sophomores.

As with every recruiting update comes the obligatory scholarship examination. There are technically no more scholarships immediately available in the 2013 class, but the staff could very well know something we don't. Why else would a redshirt junior be taking pictures with the seniors? Regardless of that outcome, however, I expect the staff to be finished with this class unless a bona fide opportunity for a big-time player were to rise, which could always happen with a transfer in the spring. Even if Borovnjak does forego his final year of eligibility though, his departure wouldn't open up a scholarship for the 2014 class, which currently consists of just two spots and one already belongs to Isaiah Washington.

2014 Class - 1 scholarship available

PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Reid Travis
Minneapolis, MN
HS: De La Salle
AAU: Minnesota PumpNRun
Forward
6'7"
240
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium Offered
No reported visit
Cousin of Ross Travis
Tre Campbell
Washington, DC
HS: St. John's College HS
AAU: Team Takeover
Point Guard
6'1"
165
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium Offered
Visited Twice
Shep Garner
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Roman Catholic
AAU: Team Final
Point Guard
5'11"
165
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Ricky Doyle
Fort Myers, FL
HS: Bishop Verot HS
AAU: None
Forward
6'9"
235
NR
Offered
No reported visit
Did not play AAU


Names to Follow - Ben Bentil (F), Ja'Quan Newton (G), Jared Terrell (G), Jared Nickens (F), Abdul-Malik Abu (F), JC Show (G), Jahyde Gardiner (F), Mory Diane (G)

It will be interesting to see where this last scholarship goes. PSU has made good progress with Garner and Campbell, but Graham Woodward now is in the fold as a point guard. If a top prospect like Reid Travis grows his interest, I'd bet on the best player available approach. With the names below, many have been offered, but haven't shown as much mutual interest. Doyle is an interesting case because he's flying under the radar after not playing AAU.

2015 Class - 4 scholarships available

PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Traci Carter
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Roman Catholic
AAU: Team Philly
Point Guard
5'10"
140
NR
Bryant Crawford
Washington, DC
HS: Gonzaga College HS
AAU: Team Takeover
Point Guard
6'2"
170
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered
Visited 10/27
Derrick Jones
Radnor, PA
HS: Archbishop Carroll
AAU: We-R 1
Forward
6'5"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered
No reported visit
Marcus Floyd
Malvern, PA
HS: The Phelps School
AAU: Team Philly
Point Guard
5'9"
150
NR
No reported offer
Visited 10/6
Sam Miller
Washington, DC
HS: Gonzaga College HS
AAU: DC Assault
Forward
6'6"
185
NR
Offered
Visited 10/27


Names to Follow
- Lamar Kimble (PG), Sammy Foreman (PG), Malachi Richardson (SG), Horace Spencer (F), Abdou Diaw (G), Ganlandou Cisse (F)

The Philadelphia area already has a known nucleus of rising stars in their sophomore class. Carter, Kimble, and Foreman all have made their presence known on the AAU circuit and are receiving high-major looks. This will likely be the next big class for Chambers and depending on the program's progress the next two year's, could be one of the biggest.


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