Pat Chambers has landed the most important recruit of his tenure at Penn State, as Tony Carr announced on Monday that he has committed to Penn State. His other finalists were Maryland, SMU, Providence and Temple.
Carr, the No. 53 prospect in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals, is the highest-ranked recruit to commit to the Nittany Lions since recruiting rankings became a big deal. A native of Philadelphia, the 6-foot-4 product of Roman Catholic HS and Team Final becomes the fourth Rivals top 150 recruit to commit to Penn State in the last two recruiting classes.
Carr joins Nazeer Bostick, a three-star shooting guard and Roman Catholic teammate, and power forward Joe Hampton, the No. 126 player in 2016, in Penn State’s 2016 recruiting class. The Nittany Lions also landed Mike Watkins and Josh Reaves in the Class of 2015. Another Philly native and product of Team Final, Shep Garner, was on Penn State’s roster this season.
This was a big get for Chambers, as Carr is talented enough to step in and, potentially, start at the point from his first day on campus. He’s a natural point guard that has continued to grow throughout his high school career. His jumper needs polish, but he’s a smooth athlete with a knack for getting into the lane and finishing.
Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) 2016 power forward Joe Hampton is back with Penn State, announcing he had recommitted to the Nittany Lions on Friday afternoon via Twitter:
The 6-foot-7 forward had originally committed to Penn State in November. However, he had a change of heart in March, deciding to reopen his recruitment. Hampton held offers from Xavier, DePaul, Virginia Tech and Rhode Island.
He re-joins a 2016 class, which now includes thee-star shooting guard Nazeer Bostick.
Hampton is ranked in the Rivals150 at No. 114 overall in the Class of 2016.
Penn State head coach Pat Chambers gets his third commitment in his Class of 2015, the second ranked in the Rivals 150, in Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) shooting guard Josh Reaves, who announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday night.
“I am truly blessed to announce that I have committed to Penn State University,” he tweeted.
The 6-foot-4 rising senior, ranked No. 119 overall in the Class of 2015, held offers from Boston College, Georgetown, Maryland, Temple, Villanova and VCU. He joins Deividas Zemgulis, a three-star small forward who committed to the Nittany Lions two months ago, and center Mike Watkins, ranked No. 114 by Rivals.
On the grassroots circuit, Reaves, who played his junior year at Paul VI Catholic High (Virginia) is playing for Team Takeover (D.C.) in the Nike EYBL. At 9-7, Team Takeover qualified for the Peach Jam on July 16-20 during the live recruiting period. Reaves is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Over the summer, form SMU center Jordan Dickerson transferred to Penn State. It looked like Dickerson wouldn’t be eligible to play during the 2013-14 season when he initially transferred due to NCAA transfer rules. However, Penn State submitted a Legislative Relief Waiver to the NCAA requesting it waive the year in residence requirement, and the NCAA complied.
Dickerson will be able to play immediately, beginning with Penn State’s afternoon contest against Mount St. Mary’s today.
At SMU, Dickerson played just 3.5 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season, but standing at 7-feet, he offers Penn State a much-needed big body in the front court.
Dickerson, a sophomore center, is eligible for the remainder of this season, along with two additional seasons.
In a release by the school, Penn State head coach said: “We are excited the NCAA has approved the waiver for Jordan. He has worked hard to develop during his six months with the program and we look forward to working him into our lineup and taking advantage of his presence in the post.”