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Oh, Hello: 2015 VA SG Josh Reaves Commits to Penn State

The Nittany Lions reeled in a four-star guard heavily pursued by Georgetown, Villanova and Maryland, giving them the third member of their crucial 2015 recruiting class.


Josh Reaves, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Hometown Fairfax, VA
High School Oak Hill Academy
Class 2015
Position G
AAU Team Takeover
Height 6'4"
Weight 185lbs

Starz 'n Sheetz

Rankings: 247Sports - 3-star, #120 overall / Scout - 4-star / ESPN - 4-star, #71 overall / Rivals - 3-star, #119 overall

Offers: Boston College, Georgetown, Maryland, Temple, Villanova, VCU, Wake Forest


The Tale

When Eugene Burroughs left Pat Chambers' staff last offseason, it left a gaping hole in Penn State's recruiting plans. With Chambers and Brian Daly handling the Philadelphia area, Keith Urgo was left without a partner to scour the D.C. area. Enter Dwayne Anderson, the former Villanova forward who was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, who built a relationship with Josh Reaves almost immediately after he was hired. That effort payed off this evening, as Reaves announced his intent to attend Penn State over a handful of schools not often bested by the Nittany Lions on the recruiting trail. With offers and heavy interest from Maryland, Villanova, and Georgetown, Reaves is the type of player the program needs in order to take the next step - he's the most highly-rated recruit Penn State has landed since the dawn of recruiting rankings in the early 2000s.

Rated a four-star player in 247's composite rankings, Reaves becomes the third member of the 2015 class, joining sharpshooting DelMarVa wing player Deividas Zemgulis and fellow four star recruit Mike Watkins. He was in State College for Penn State's Advanced Skills camp this past weekend, and apparently the staff made enough of an impression for him commit just two days removed from Happy Valley. Described by 247's Andrew Dzurita as a "do-it-all dynamo who makes winning plays," the 6'4" Reaves has the length and athleticism to make an impact from the moment he arrives on campus. He's very much in the mold of rising sophomore Geno Thorpe, especially on the defensive end:

This class has always been viewed as an important one due to the number of talented players available in Penn State's target areas of D.C. and Philly, and with one more scholarship to fill in 2015 there's the potential for some more good news this summer. The Nittany Lions have expressed interest in a few of Reaves' Team Takeover teammates and there are still quite a few uncommitted targets in Philadelphia that the Nittany Lions have their eyes on, including point guards Levan Alston and Traci Carter. But even if the class is finished with two four-star recruits in tow, it cannot be considered anything other than a major success for a somewhat maligned coach in search of a first winning season at Penn State.

Welcome, Josh!

Scholarship Matrix

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
1 G - DJ Newbill^ F - Brandon Taylor G - Geno Thorpe C - Julian Moore^
2 G - John Johnson F - Donovon Jack C - Julian Moore^ F - Payton Banks^
3 F - Ross Travis C - Jordan Dickerson F - Payton Banks^ G - Isaiah Washington
4 F - Brandon Taylor G - Devin Foster G - Isaiah Washington G - Shep Garner
5 F - Donovon Jack G - Geno Thorpe G - Shep Garner F - Michael Watkins
6 C - Jordan Dickerson C - Julian Moore^ F - Michael Watkins F - Deividas Zemgulis
7 G - Devin Foster F - Payton Banks^ F - Deividas Zemgulis G - Josh Reaves
8 G - Geno Thorpe G - Isaiah Washington G - Josh Reaves
9 C -Julian Moore^ G - Shep Garner
10 F - Payton Banks^ F - Michael Watkins
11 G - Isaiah Washington F - Deividas Zemgulis
12 G - Shep Garner G - Josh Reaves

Left 1 1 5 6
Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman

^Used a redshirt year