Shep Garner, Ladies and Gentlemen!
BREAKING: 2014 Team Final (PA) guard Shep Garner will stay in-state to play at Penn State.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 15, 2013
|High School||Roman Catholic HS|
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.
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 hometown--Zagsblog.com 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).
|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 -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|
*Eligible at the conclusion of the 2013 Fall Semester.
^Used a redshirt year
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