Despite the loss of second-leading scorer and leading assist man Tim Frazier (14.9 ppg, 5.4 apg), the hope at Penn State as the 2014-15 season approaches is that Patrick Chambers’ team can improve its standing within the Big Ten. Five of Penn State’s top six scorers from last season, led by senior guard D.J. Newbill (17.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), are back on campus and their five first-year players (counting redshirts Payton Banks and Julian Moore) have the potential to give the Nittany Lions some welcome depth within their rotation.
Like all other teams getting ready for the start of practice the Nittany Lions have begun their preseason training regimen, with strength and conditioning coach Brandon Spayd putting together the first annual “Yoke Zone Challenge.” The 14 players were split into seven pairs, with four of those tandems making up the “Blue” team and the other three tandems representing the “White” team.
The groups went through an array of physical tests, with everything being timed for the sake of both competition and getting better physically and mentally. Above is a video of the first day of the Challenge, with Jordan Dickerson and Kevin Montminy putting together the best time.