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Oh, Hello: 2014 PA G Shep Garner Commits to Penn State

The coaching staff's persistence in recruiting Philadelphia is starting to pay off in a big way. On Saturday they secured one of the area's top guards in the class of 2014.


Shep Garner, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Hometown Philadelphia, PA
High School Roman Catholic HS
Class 2014
Position G
AAU Team Final
Height 6'2"
Weight 170lbs

Starz 'n Sheetz

247Sports - 3-star, 89 rating / Scout - 3-star / ESPN - 3-star, 76 rating / Rivals - 3-star, #123 overall

Offers: Arizona, Florida, La Salle, Maryland, Memphis, Rutgers, St. Joe's, Temple, Texas. Reported interest from Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova, and Xavier.


The Tale

This is getting exhausting. If you're keeping score at home, today's commitment from Philly product Shep Garner makes that four new recruits in 12 days for team #doworkPat, and this one might be the cherry on top. Garner holds offers from numerous major conference schools that Penn State isn't used to beating out for recruits, although it became apparent a while ago that the main competition would come from schools closer to his reported he had narrowed his choices down to PSU, Rutgers and St. Joe's in December. Update: City of Basketball Love caught up with Garner and his coach at Roman Catholic, Chris McNesby.

Reading scouting reports on Garner, they all seem to be a bit nitpicky on finding any glaring weakness in his game. He's unselfish, a capable shooter, and a good defender --the only real concern is his weight at 170lbs, but what incoming freshman couldn't stand to add some bulk? Interestingly, we're seeing that Pat Chambers tends to gravitate towards combo guards--John Johnson, Geno Thorpe, Isaiah Washington and now Garner are all tweeners in the 6'2" to 6'4" range and adept ball handlers. In any case, this is a great pickup for the staff (which is going on this recruiting run without an assistant coach, by the way).

Welcome, Shep!

Scholarship Matrix

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
1 G - Tim Frazier^ G - DJ Newbill^ F - Brandon Taylor C - Jordan Dickerson^
2 G - Allen Roberts^ G - John Johnson F - Donovon Jack G - Geno Thorpe
3 G - DJ Newbill^ F - Ross Travis C - Jordan Dickerson^ C - Julian Moore
4 G - John Johnson* F - Jon Graham^ G - Geno Thorpe F - Payton Banks
5 F - Ross Travis F - Brandon Taylor C - Julian Moore G - Graham Woodward
6 F - Jon Graham^ F - Donovon Jack F - Payton Banks G - Isaiah Washington
7 F - Brandon Taylor C - Jordan Dickerson^ G - Graham Woodward G - Shep Garner
8 F - Donovon Jack G - Geno Thorpe G - Isaiah Washington F - Michael Watkins
9 C - Jordan Dickerson C -Julian Moore G - Shep Garner
10 G - Geno Thorpe F - Payton Banks F - Michael Watkins
11 C - Julian Moore G - Graham Woodward

12 F - Payton Banks G - Isaiah Washington
13 G - Graham Woodward G - Shep Garner

Left 0 0 3 5
Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman

*Eligible at the conclusion of the 2013 Fall Semester.
^Used a redshirt year

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