Stephan Van Treese  Allen Roberts

Penn State announces addition of Allen Roberts

Leave a comment

Penn State took a big hit when it was announced that Jermaine Marshall would transfer from the program. Fortunately for them, Marshall’s replacement might’ve just shown up.

The program announced the addition of Allen Roberts, who spent the past three seasons playing at Miami (Ohio). The 6-3 Middletown, Ohio native will be eligible immediately under the graduate transfer rule and will have a single season of eligibility remaining.

“Allen is a strong, physical guard with a Big Ten body,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a statement. “He is a good shooter and scorer, plays hard and brings great experience and a mature approach. We are excited to add him to what we feel is one of the most talented backcourts in the nation.”

Despite losing Marshall (15.3 points per game in 2012-13), Patrick Ackerman and Akosa Maduegbunam (neither of which produced a lot in their time in State College, Pa.) to defections, Roberts himself brings some solid talent to the Nittany Lions that could help make up for Marshall’s departure. The team also gets fifth-year senior Tim Frazier back, who was averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game before tearing his ACL in the team’s fourth game of the season and earning a medical redshirt, along with a fellow leading scorer in junior-to-be D.J. Newbill (16.3 ppg).

Roberts, who redshirted the 2011-12 season with the Redhawks, averaged a team-leading 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists last year. His percentages weren’t the best — he was a 38.8-percent shooter overall and hit just 33.8 percent of his threes — but he averaged 27.4 minutes per game and shot 79.8 percent from the free throw line.

The addition of Roberts, at least on paper, is big for Penn State. As long as he can step into the role that Marshall played, the Nittany Lions can keep up the buzz surrounding the team for the upcoming season. Newbill and Frazier are the top returning scorers in the B1G and having Roberts could mean a potent three-guard line-up with definite scoring power.

Roberts joins SMU transfer Jordan Dickerson as incoming transfers for Chambers, along with a four-man freshman class. Dickerson will sit out the season and be eligible in 2013-14.

Follow David Harten on Twitter at @David_Harten

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

Chris Jans, Gregg Marshall
Associated Press
1 Comment

Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

Rick Pitino
Associated Press
Leave a comment

Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.