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2016-17 Penn State Basketball Player Previews: Nazeer Bostick

"I think we could take the Big Ten by storm and show that Penn State isn't just a football school anymore"

Nazeer Bostick (Right) and Tony Carr (Left) Photo: Sean Fitz, 247 Sports
Nazeer Bostick (Right) and Tony Carr (Left)
Photo: Sean Fitz, 247 Sports

With the nickname “Horse”, which he earned for his work ethic and drive, it’s clear why Pat Chambers saw the 6’4” SG as a fit for Penn State’s style of play. His relationship with classmates, Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens doesn’t hurt. After committing to Penn State in April of 2015, Bostick worked to convince his friends to join him in State College.

Last Season

Roman Catholic has had a dominant run in both the Philly Catholic League (PCL) and the State Championships with the trio of Bostick, Carr, and Stevens on the team. Bostick wasn’t always the most hyped player, but he showed an ability to step-up in big games, and at big moments. In February, as Roman Catholic looked to win back-to-back PCL championships, Bostick put up 13 points and 10 rebounds to help propel the team to a 72-65 victory. Tony Carr had this to say about his teammate following the PCL Champhionship game against Neumann-Goretti, “He is the Horse. When we play against those guys from Neumann he just ups his game to a different notch. He gets every offensive rebound, he is ferociously attacking the glass and it just helps us a lot.” Keep in mind Bostick is a 6’4” guard.

Role for 2016-17

As a 3-star recruit, Nazeer was knocked for his inconsistent shooting from beyond the arc, but is by all accounts an excellent athlete. His coaches and teammates all speak to his tenacity and passion for the game. Similar to Josh Reaves last year, fans should expect Bostick to be most productive when driving to the hoop and in transition play. Also like Reaves, if Bostick is able to develop a reliable 3-point stroke, the B1G will take notice.

Immediately, Bostick should make an impact on the team due to his hustle, high energy, and toughness. That alone will allow him to be a contributor to the team as the rest of his game comes along. His willingness to crash the boards, and finish above the rim will be welcomed by a team that could be hampered by a lack of front court depth. A physical defender who invites contact at both ends of the court, it will be fun watching Nazeer compete in the B1G over the next for years.