Roman Catholic High School senior point guard and 2016 Penn State signee Tony Carr was named the Pennsylvania high school basketball player of the year by USA Today on Tuesday. In addition to his player of the year and first team all-state honors, his fellow Roman Catholic player and Penn State signee Lamar Stevens was named to the all-state second team. Roman Catholic coach Chris McNesby was named Coach of the Year.
Carr and Stevens are the headliners of Penn State's important 2016 recruiting class, which also includes Roman guard Nazeer Bostick and Oak Hill Academy forward Joe Hampton. Carr, Stevens, and Bostick have been on various award lists since the Cahilites won the Philadelphia Catholic League and PIAA AAAA titles this season. Hampton missed his senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament but has been progressing with what appears to be a successful rehabilitation program.
This news follows on the heels of more Penn State scheduling news, as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the addition of Marist to Penn State's non-conference slate. The game with Marist is believed to be one of two home "play-in" games for Penn State (along with Grand Canyon) before the Hall-of-Fame Tip-Off Classic at Mohegan Sun, where Penn State will play Duke.
Players like Carr and Stevens will likely see playing time from the jump as true freshmen, so it will not be too long before we them in Nittany Lion uniforms. Congratulations to Tony and Lamar!