The 2013-14 season tip-off is inching closer and closer - just 16 days until Penn State's exhibition with Northwood, followed by the official opener against Wagner six days later. The shootyhoopers hosted their annual media day today and while there was no major news for Pat Chambers or his players to offer, there were certainly quite a few tidbits with which to whet your appetite. Here are some of the highlights, tweettered by those on the scene:
Coach Chambers holding court at media day. http://t.co/RTlDvAd0sC— Penn State Hoops (@PennStateMBB) October 17, 2013
Chambers said coaching staff tweaked D.J. Newbill's shot during the spring. Shooting the ball more effectively.— Austin Lederman (@AustinLederman) October 17, 2013
Happy hoops media day. 3rd-yrcoach Pat Chambers says D.J. Newbill tweaked his shot in the offseason. Didn't shoot outside paint for 30 days.— Stephen Pianovich (@SPianovich) October 17, 2013
This is particularly interesting. D.J. Newbill shot 27% from three last season. Chambers' solution? Don't shoot from there anymore and become automatic in the paint. Certainly a pragmatic apporach, but I'm not sure if there's enough shooting from the rest of the team to essentially give up on Newbill as three-point option.
Chambers said Graham Woodward reminds him of Jordan Hulls.— Austin Lederman (@AustinLederman) October 17, 2013
Asked how Tim Frazier is doing physically...@Coach_Chambers said Tim's vertical increased by half an inch since the injury. 35.5 inches.— Tony Mancuso (@GoPSUTony) October 17, 2013
Coming soon to Netflix: "Achilles is the New Tommy John."
Chambers said a starting 5 today would be: Frazier 1, Newbill 2, Travis 3, Taylor 4, Jack 5.— Stephen Pianovich (@SPianovich) October 17, 2013
The same five that started every game in Europe. Wouldn't expect these five to be top-5 on the team in minutes played, though.
Chambers on balance with Frazier and Newbill: "I see them looking for each other...There's no tension. There's no ego"— Men's Basketball (@TDC_MBasketball) October 17, 2013
Chambers said he likes having new hockey arena: "It gives kids things to do instead of going to the Den or G-Man."— Stephen Pianovich (@SPianovich) October 17, 2013
Pat always struck me as a Cafe kind of guy.
Frazier said they've played lineups with Woodward at the point. Frazier and Newbill off the ball.— Austin Lederman (@AustinLederman) October 17, 2013
I have no idea what 10 minutes of Tim Frazier playing off-ball looks like but dammit do I want to find out.
People will also wish they had more than a year with Allen Roberts. Fantastic guy to talk to. If he plays well he's a fan favorite.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) October 17, 2013
Can't keep up with media day because we got @Devon2012 trolling all up and down my TL. Welcome back, PSU hoops.— Eric Gibson (@BSD_Eric) October 17, 2013
Full quotes and transcripts, courtesy GoPSUSports, here.
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