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Penn State Basketball Recruiting: Looking Ahead to 2017 & 2018 Classes

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With a four-man class already in tow for 2016, Pat Chambers and his staff have used the recruiting period to get a jump on 2017 and 2018 prospects.

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If there is one thing Pat Chambers has excelled at during his tenure at Penn State, it's been landing his recruits before signing day in November each year. His staff has always maintained an aggressive approach by consistently being one of the first programs to recruit certain players. They aren't afraid to start early and develop relationships with high school juniors and sophomores.

While the staff capped another remarkable summer with Tony Carr's and Lamar Stevens' commitments, recruiting never slows down for PSU. We know they're still chasing a potential big man for 2016, but they're also looking to get a jump on the 2017 and 2018 classes. This is an advantageous position to be in as other programs are still focusing their efforts on wrapping up the 2016 class.

In fact, if you look at recent history, Penn State could have a 2017 commitment any day now. The first verbal in the last three classes was made before Labor Day of their high school junior year. However, that's not likely to happen in 2017, since there's somewhat of a scholarship jam due to the dissolution of the original 2013 class.

Hoops Matrix 10.08.15

The 2016-2017 roster does not include any seniors, as we've reiterated before on this blog. If Penn State lands another commitment for 2016, there won't be any scholarships on paper for the 2017 class. There will be three players entering their fourth collegiate season next year, but right now it's worthless to speculate that far down the road. Overall, Penn State's looking to fill 5-6 scholarships over the next two classes, with only 1 or 2 players expected to draw from the 2017 class.

Class of 2017: 1-2 Scholarships

Guards
PLAYER HOMETOWN HT / WT STARS NOTES TOP OFFERS
Lonnie Walker
Reading, PA
HS: Reading HS
AAU: Team Final
CG
6'5"
180 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium Ohio State
Indiana
Villanova
UCLA
Quade Green
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Neumann Goretti
AAU: We-R1
PG
5'11"
155 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 4/12/15
Syracuse
Michigan St
Maryland
Villanova
Aaron Thompson
Fairfax, VA
HS: Paul VI (VA)
AAU: Team Takeover
PG
6'1"
165 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 8/21/14
Attended Elite Camp
Virginia Tech
Nebraska
Miami FL
Georgia Tech
David Beatty
Philadelphia, PA
HS: St. Benedict's (NJ)
AAU: Philly Pride
CG
6'3"
195 LB
NR
Offered 11/8/14
Visited 11/8/14
Georgetown
South Carolina
Miami FL
Kansas St
Andrew Platek
Guilderland, NY
HS: Northfield Mt. Hermon (MA)
AAU: Albany City Rocks
SG
6'4"
175 LB
NR
Offered 6/15/15
Miami FL
Davidson
St. Joseph's
George Washington
Naji Marshall
Atlantic City, NJ
HS: Eleanor Roosevelt (DC)
AAU: DC Premier
SG
6'5"
185 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Attended Elite Camp
Virginia Tech
Rutgers
Rhode Island

Guards are not a need for Penn State in the 2017 cycle. With Carr and Terrence Samuel joining the team next year, the Lions can pass on backcourt players, assuming the core four guards stay in the program (Garner, Reaves, Carr and Samuel). Walker and Green are listed here to illustrate the quality of talent in PA, but Penn State does not appear to be viable contenders for either. Let's pray they stay out of the Big Ten. Thompson and Beatty are more realistic targets, but neither fill a need for Penn State anymore. Platek is a light out shooter, but if Zemgulis can fill that niche role for the Lions, not sure where Platek would factor in.

Wings
PLAYER HOMETOWN HT / WT STARS NOTES TOP OFFERS
Aamir Simms
Dyke, VA
HS: Blue Ridge School
AAU: Team Loaded
6'7"
200
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 6/27/15
Attended Elite Camp
Visited 10/10/15
Virginia Tech
Cincinnati
Xavier
VCU
Kodye Pugh
Baltimore, MD
HS: Blair Academy (NJ)
AAU: We-R1
6'8"
185
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 7/16/15
Scouting Visit 9/21/15
Stanford
Northwestern
Florida
Georgetown
Myles Douglas
Baltimore, MD
HS: Paul VI (VA)
AAU: Team Takeover
6'6"
190
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 8/1/15
Maryland
West Virginia
Virginia Tech
Xavier
Najja Hunter
Montclair, NJ
HS: Westtown HS (PA)
AAU: PSA Cardinals
6'5"
185
NR
Offered 9/19/14
Visited 2/14/15
Minnesota
Temple
Iona
Drexel

Penn State has been hot after a few wing targets on the perimeter, even though they added Stevens, Joe Hampton and Nazeer Bostick for 2016. Aamir Simms is an emerging prospect out of Virginia who Penn State has already positioned themselves well for. He was one of the best prospects at this summer's Elite Camp in June, which earned him an offer, and he was slated for a return trip to State College this past weekend for homecoming. Penn State has also increased their interest in Kodye Pugh after he re-classed down to 2017 and transferred to Blair Academy. Myles Douglas seems like a less viable target as a Maryland lean, but he hails from the same HS and AAU program as Josh Reaves.

Bigs
PLAYER HOMETOWN POSITION STARS NOTES TOP OFFERS
Mohamed Bamba
Harlem, NY
HS: Westtown School (PA)
AAU: PSA Cardinals
6'11"
205 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 9/19/14
Scouting Visit 9/18/15
Kentucky
Duke
Kansas
Syracuse
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Neumann-Goretti
AAU: Team Final
6'9"
200 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 7/14/15
Syracuse
Villanova
Providence
VCU
Ejike Obinna
Ashburn, VA
HS: Virginia Academy
AAU: Uncommon Bulls
6'9"
220 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium Attended Elite Camp LSU
Miami FL
Xavier
Virginia Tech
Josh Carlton
Winterville, NC
HS: DeMatha Catholic (DC)
AAU: Team Loaded
6'9"
?
UR
Offered 6/28/15
Attended Elite Camp
Old Dominion

Mo Bamba has had a tremendous rise to prominence since Penn State offered the Harlem native a little over a year ago. His gargantuan 7'8" wing span has piqued the interest of every major college program and NBA scouts alike. He can go to school wherever he wants as a junior already, but we're writing about him here simply because he's an incredible individual, and Penn State was the first high major program to offer. It may seem hopeless, but Chambers continues to stay involved.

As for the others, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is the best big man prospect currently in Philadelphia, but with offers already from Syracuse and Villanova, the Lions won't have an early advantage. Ejike Obinna had a huge summer after attending Elite Camp, but he surprisingly hasn't received an offer from Penn State. That's even more puzzling when you realize Josh Carlton, who earned an offer at the same camp, did not bring in nearly as many offers this summer. Carlton has transferred to DeMatha Catholic in the WCAC, so we'll have to see how he progresses in one of the country's toughest high school leagues and if his recruitment picks up with more exposure.

Class of 2018: 4 Scholarships

PLAYER HOMETOWN HT / WT STARS NOTES TOP OFFERS
Cameron Reddish
Philadelphia, PA
HS: Westtown School
AAU: Team Final
CG
6'5"
180 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium Offered 10/21/14
Auburn
Dwayne Cohill
Cleveland, OH
HS: Holy Name
AAU: Ohio Basketball Club
CG
6'2"
170 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 6/12/15
Visited 6/12/15
Visited 9/11/15
Scouting Visit 9/30/15
Attended Elite Camp
West Virginia
Xavier
Robby Carmody
Mars, PA
HS: Mars HS
AAU: Ohio Basketball Club
SG
6'4"
185 LB
12998_medium12998_medium12998_medium
Offered 7/15/15
Visited 10/10/15
Scouting Visit 9/30/15
Pittsburgh
Purdue
Cincinnati
Xavier
Sean Good
Camp Hill, PA
HS: Trinity
AAU: Team PA
C
6'10"
195 LB
NR
Offered 9/11/15
Visited 9/11/15
Attended Elite Camp
N/A
Drew Friberg
State College, PA
HS: State College
AAU: Team Takeover
SF
6'5"
195 LB
NR
Offered 7/31/15
Visited 10/10/15
N/A

Names to Watch: Jahvon Quinerly (G), Noah Locke (G), Eric Ayala (G), Kenneth Nwuba (C), Koran Moore (F), Keldon Johnson (G), Aaron Cash (F), David McCormack (C), Sincere Carry (G), Darius Bazley (F), Tyree Pickron (G), Marcus Littles (C)

This will be the next big class for Chambers, and they've wasted little time getting started. While most of these prospects may not even be finished growing, the staff has extended scholarship offers to four in-state prospects already. That's a promising sign for a PA class that may be deeper than normal, especially with Good and Friberg already hailing from regions not known for producing D-1 talent.

The staff has also continued its apparent package-deal strategy by offering multiple kids from the same AAU programs. The Lions' are getting after a bunch of players from two of Adidas' biggest AAU teams - Team Loaded (North Carolina/Virginia region) and Ohio Basketball Club. Carmody and Cohill are teammates with OBC, and the backcourt duo appears to be Penn State's most coveted players at this time. PSU has also offered a trio of players from Team Loaded in Johnson, McCormack, and Cash.

As for the Philadelphia class of 2018, only Cam Reddish has caught national attention from the recruiting industry so far. The athletic swing man transferred to the Westtown School this season after spending last season with Lamar Stevens at Haverford. But the city will undoubtedly have more division-1 prospects emerge, and Tyree Pickron and Marcus Littles could be next in the Team Final pipeline for PSU.