While Akosa Maduegbunam has signed his LOI, there hasn't been a new spring commitment for the basketball team as the staff continues to try to fill the vacated scholarships in the late period. But that could be changing very soon. As we've covered here at BSD, there are four open scholarships available. Chambers said as recently as last night he's looking to fill three of them. This makes me believe the fourth will be in Nick Colella's possession for his last year of eligibility.
Chambers and the staff hosted post-graduate transfer Terence Jones this week. Jones is a 6'2" guard who has been a 3-year starter for Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. If he were to come to State College, he will have one year of immediate eligibility for next season. He came up for a workout and an official visit then left today with an offer and a great impression. He got the red carpet treatment on his trip, so you know Chambers wants him. He's still considering Virginia Tech and UAB and is scheduled to take a visit to Blacksburg.
Sheldon Jeter finally took another one of his official visits to Vanderbilt, which puts him one step closer to a decision. The four finalists are South Carolina, PSU, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin. All of them have made their in-home pitches to his family, and he's officially visited all of them except PSU. However, he's been to State College at least three times on his own. It seems likely that his decision will come sometime this week. There is talk of a possible official visit to Penn State, but who knows if he'll be able to squeeze it in between both parties' busy schedules. Jeter is involved with track and all-star games, while the staff's next two weekends will be devoted to the new evaluation period. PSU is still very much in the thick of things for Jeter, but it's impossible to get a read on where he's leaning. FWIW, South Carolina just got a commitment last night from a 6'8" 200 pound forward.
A former target is back on the market in Donovon Jack, a 6'9" forward from Berks Central Catholic. Jack just got his release from Duquesne after Ron Everhart was fired, so he's free to go anywhere. Chambers was recruiting him hard to Boston U, so he already has a great relationship with him, which is valuable this time of year. Chambers isn't going to rush to fill scholarships, but he also doesn't have much time to get to know many of these late options. FWIW, Jack apparently was told back when Chambers was hired that he had an offer from PSU if he gained 10 pounds. According to the Reading Eagle, PSU has started recruiting Jack again since Everhart was fired.
Another backcourt option is Juco guard Jerome Harris from Chicago. He has a very interesting story behind his career. He didn't play this season because he would've burned a year of eligibility at another Junior College. Harris is expected to visit sometime in the next week or two.
I was surprised to see PSU not on Derrick Gordon's list this week. Gordon, the transfer from Western Kentucky, seemed to have interest in PSU, but perhaps it wasn't mutual. The backcourt does need immediate help, so Gordon having to sit a year could've been a factor. Then again, PSU has popped up with Temple transfer guard Aaron Brown, so who knows.
As I mentioned, the NCAA has allowed these last two weekends in April be certified evaluation periods at various AAU events. Coaches will be out in full force to get looks at all prospective players. You can find a list of events here. Geno Thorpe will be with his AAU team (King James Shooting Stars) at the first session of Nike's EYBL in Minneapolis. Brandon Austin (Team Philly) and Isaiah Washington (ECE/NJABC) will be at the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest. The other big event for the west coast is out in Vegas. Expect PSU to have representation at all three events.
I believe those are all the main points for now. #DoWorkPat
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