Basketball Recruiting Big Board - 9.30.13

HEY! YOU! COME TO PENN STATE - Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Chambers does a lot of work on the recruiting trail, so we've compiled the names you need to know for the period ahead.

Preseason practice has just gotten underway, but that doesn't mean the #doworkPat movement is slowing down. We're currently in the middle of the fall recruiting period, which lasts from Sept. 9th until Nov. 10th, so let's take a look at how Penn State stands currently.

2014 - 1 scholarship available

Commits
PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Isaiah Washington
Williamsport, PA
HS: Williamsport Area HS
AAU: We-R-1
Combo Guard
6'4"
180
12998_medium12998_medium
Shep Garner
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Roman Catholic HS
AAU: Team Final
Point Guard
6'2"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Targets

PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Melvin Swift
Houston, TX
HS: Jack Yates, Houston TX
AAU: Houston Hoops
Combo Forward
6'7"
195
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Dominique Uhl
Point Pleasant, NJ
HS: Point Pleasant Beach, PA
AAU: Jersey Shore Warriors
Power Forward
6'8"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Tory Miller
Lees Summit, MO
HS: New Hampton HS, NH
AAU: KC Run GMC
Forward
6'8"
235
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium

Gone: Kyle Kuzma (Utah), Terry Larrier (VCU)

Names to watch: Satchel Pierce (C), Darreon Reddick (G), Peyton Allen (G), Ryan Skovranko (F), Ryan Luther (F)

Despite the fact that the 2014 class doesn't enroll for another ten months, Penn State doesn't seem to have many more targets for the next incoming group. Garner and Washington are pretty solid commits, and with one scholarship remaining, there are only a handful of kids the staff appears to be pursuing. First and foremost is Melvin Swift, a combo forward from Houston, Texas. (highlights) A Xavier decommit, the 6'7" Swift was not even an option for Penn State a month ago. Pat Chambers was able to get him up to State College for the Central Florida game, and now it sounds as though the Nittany Lions are actually frontrunners for his commitment.

The first choice, you'd have to think, for the remaining scholarship was Kyle Kuzma. The Rise Academy (PA) product committed to Utah a few weeks ago despite heavy interest from PSU and loads of other high-major schools, including UConn, Florida State, Missouri and Arizona State. Kuzma's coach went so far as to say his decision came down to two schools, with Penn State finishing in a close second. Unfortunately, there's no consolation prize in recruiting.

If you were a betting man, you wouldn't put money on either Uhl or Miller coming to Penn State. Neither has visited campus, and they're really only included on the board because they're uncommitted and the Nittany Lions appear to remain interested. At this point it's Swift or bust in 2014 - obviously that could change, though it would be kind of surprising if Chambers didn't save the scholarship for the loaded 2015 class if Swift decides to attend school elsewhere.

2015 - 3 scholarships available

Commits
PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Michael Watkins
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Math, Civics and Sciences HS
AAU: Team Philly
Forward/Center
6'8"
210
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Committed
Targets
PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES
Tyler Lydon
Pine Plains, NY
HS: New Hampton HS
AAU: Albany City Rocks
Power Forward
6'8"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Derrick Jones
Radnor, PA
HS: Archbishop Carroll
AAU: We-R 1
Small Forward
6'6"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Bryant Crawford
Washington, DC
HS: Gonzaga HS
AAU: Team Takeover
Point Guard
6'2"
170
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Traci Carter
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Life Center Academy (NJ)
AAU: We-R-1
Point Guard
6'0"
160
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Levan Alston
Haverford, PA
HS: The Haverford School
AAU: Team Final
Point Guard
6'4"
165

12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Visited 9/28/13
Sean Lloyd
Haverford, PA
HS: The Haverford School
AAU: Team Philly
Guard/Forward
6'5"
200
NR
Donte DiVincenzo
Wilmington, DE
HS: Salesianum, DE
AAU: Team Final
Shooting Guard
6'3"
180
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Jamil Hood Jr
Albany, NY
HS: Green Tech Charter
AAU: Albany City Rocks
Point Guard
6'2"
170
NR
Offered
Skills Camp Attendee
Justin Simon
Temecula, CA
HS: Temecula Valley
AAU: Gamepoint
Point Guard
6'4"
180

12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Josh Reaves
Fairfax, VA
HS: Paul VI Catholic HS
AAU: Fairfax Stars
Shooting Guard
6'4"
185
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Justin Jenifer
Gwynn Oak, MD
HS: Milford Mill Academy
AAU: Team Takeover
Point Guard
5'9"
160
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered
Sam Miller
Washington, DC
HS: Gonzaga College HS
AAU: DC Assault
Forward
6'7"
215
NR
Offered
Visited 10/27/12
Skills Camp Attendee

Gone: Tim Delaney (Villanova)

Names to watch: Samir Doughty (G), Ernest Aflakpui (F-C), Milik Gantz (G), Jarvis Johnson (G), Malachi Richardson (G), Malik Ellison (G), Esa Ahmad (F), Carlton Bragg (F), Tyler Kohl (G/F), Jon Davis (G)

Penn State hired Chambers to recruit in Philly, among other things, and in this 2015 class he'll really get to show what he can do in his old stomping grounds. He's already received a commitment from a consensus top-150 forward form the area in Michael Watkins, and there's plenty of talent remaining in the mystical land of swagger. Ideally, the team will be coming off of a not-awful season in 2013-14, so there's a feeling this could be a special group of future Lions.

There are a few kids on the board who are nothing more than pipe dreams as it currently stands. Derrick Jones and Tyler Lydon are both top-50 talents that appear set for Syracuse, although Jones may be enticed by the Kentucky offer he picked up in July. Bryant Crawford has visited Penn State, but Indiana looks to be his favorite. Don't get your hopes up for any of these kids, you'll only be disappointed.

Traci Carter and Levan "Shawn" Alston are two top-150 Philly point guard targets that Penn State has a realistic shot with. Carter is an AAU teammate of Washington's and has been on the Lions' radar for some time now, having visited last football season. He was recently named MVP of the Philly vs. NYC All-City Classic and sports offers from Iowa, Xavier and most of the city schools. Alston, who holds offers from Rhode Island and most of the Big 5, came up for an official visit this past weekend. Chambers would likely want a point guard in this class and either would be a great fit in Penn State's system, despite the four underclassmen guards that will be on the roster by the time of their enrollment.

Sean Lloyd, Donte DiVincenzo and Josh Reaves are all newer targets that didn't appear on the last edition of the big board. Lloyd, another Philly kid, is AAU teammates with Watkins and has some D.J. Newbill in his game. Delaware's DiVincenzo is getting some looks nationally and Rivals has him slotted in the top-100 of their junior rankings. Reaves is a Virginia kid with other offers from Villanova and VCU who is being recruited by newly-hired assistant Dwayne Anderson. The lack of forwards currently being targeted may be slightly unsettling, but with Watkins already in tow, expect the rest of the 2015 class to be perimeter oriented.


And join us on Facebook
All BSD community members should review our current Posting & Commenting Policies before creating any posts or commenting.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker