Pat Chambers kept the momentum rolling on Wednesday.
Still fresh off an NIT championship, Chambers picked up a commitment from class of 2018 3-star guard Myreon Jones.
Jones is the 81st-ranked player in the country according to 247Sports and and 169th according to the composite rankings.
He joins signees Myles Dread, Rasir Bolton and Daniil Kasatkin in what is suddenly a loaded backcourt class.
Hometown/High School: Birmingham, Alabama (Lincoln Academy)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 170 pounds
Rankings: 4-star on 247Sports, 3-star on Rivals.
Notable Offers: Memphis, Ole Miss, Murray State, Colorado State
Jones didn’t come onto the radar until late for PSU and committed following an official visit which started Monday.
After initially committing to Memphis in early March, he then decomitted after the Tigers fired former coach Tubby Smith.
Jones’ commitment ramped up shortly thereafter as he visiting Georgia Tech and received an East Carolina off not long after hitting the market.
He then visited Penn State where he received an offer and pulled the trigger shortly thereafter.
While a four-guard class may see puzzling given the Nittany Lions’ struggle with frontcourt depth, Chambers and co. clearly couldn’t find a big man they liked and you can never have too many ball handlers or shooters.
Jones is still developing physically and while he’s best on the ball, he has the ability to play off the ball as well and could provide much needed ball-handing support to the incoming Myles Dread in future years.
The move also allows Chambers to project a future lineup with Jones, Dread and Kasatkin all on the floor together. Theoretically, that lineup would boast three capable ball handlers and capable shooters while Kasatkin, at 6-7, could defend the small forward position as Jones and Dread are responsible for the guards.
One of the main criticisms of Chambers’ tenure is that he runs an offense predicted on penetration and outside shooting, though he’s never had enough players capable of penetrating or spreading the floor. This recruiting class should help to solve those problems.
Welcome to the class, Myreon!