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Committany Nation Basketball Edition: Second July Live Period Update

More activity from the month’s craziness.

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The coaching staff has logged a ton of miles this month, and the second evaluation period makes that more obvious than ever. Pat Chambers and crew were spotted at several events this weekend:

UAA All America Camp

All-In Hoopfest

Victor Oladipo Skills Academy

NY2LA Sports Summer Jam

Summer Takeover

All of the top targets mentioned last week, as well as some new ones, were at these events. Chambers was rewarded with those efforts by a commitment from Rasir Bolton at the end of the evaluation period.

We go back to the dead period for a few more days, and we pick back up with the final evaluation period on Wednesday, July 26.

New Offers

Chambers offered Justin Winston last week, and watched the small Forward play at the Oladipo Skills Academy this week.

Penn State looks to get in on Ethan Morton, the point guard from Butler, PA, before other programs step in. Morton is a class of 2020 recruit, with offers from smaller schools in Duquesne, UAB, Miami (OH), and Cleveland State.

Oscar Tshiebwe is a teammate of Rasir Bolton with Team Loaded, and Chambers offered the Forward after his performance this weekend.

Scholarship Grid

After a busy recruiting period, Penn State finds themselves with two commitments on the books. The Nittany Lions have one more scholarship to offer, and here’s how the grid breaks down:

Penn State basketball scholarship grid

Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton occupy the spaces for outgoing Julian Moore and Shep Garner, and one more scholarship is available that can be filled this season or next. This means that Penn State will have to choose between its remaining targets, namely Dwayne Cohill, Jake Forrester, Wynston Tabbs, and Sean Good. If last night’s tweets are any indication, one of them may already be off the board.

Easing Concerns

There was some concern over the past few months that Penn State would be unable to keep the momentum it had gained with the 2016 class. The 2017 class, on the surfaced, left something to be desired (I personally think Wheeler will be a lot better than he’s given credit for, and one of Buttrick or Harrar will have a Brandon Taylor-like career); but, based on these two commitments, we can rest assured that Chambers and crew will continue to harvest the relationships they’ve built over the past few years.

Both Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton have exploded in this July period, with each one helping their teams compete in the crowded AAU circle. Both have received accolades (and actual awards) for their play and their leadership. And of course, both are composite high 3-star recruits, with only more room to get better. If you were one of the people who feared recruiting would fall off a cliff, I hope these two prospects can ease your fears.

That’s it for today. We’ll follow up again next week with any updates.