Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers and his coaching staff have done a solid job of getting players from Philadelphia to make the trek west to State College, with three players on the 2014-15 roster hailing from the City of Brotherly Love and incoming freshman Mike Watkins being another native. Thursday night Penn State landed a verbal commitment from another Philadelphia native, as 2016 wing Nazeer Bostick announced that he’ll play for the Nittany Lions.
The 6-foot-5 Bostick is Penn State’s first commitment in the Class of 2016 (Joe Hampton de-committed in mid-March), and the Roman Catholic HS student has taken multiple unofficial visits to the school since receiving an offer in October according to 247Sports.com. Bostick won’t be the only player with Roman Catholic ties on the Penn State roster when he joins the program in 2016, as rising sophomore guard Shep Garner is a Roman Catholic grad.
Landing a commitment from Bostick, whose nickname is “Horse” according to City of Basketball Love, could be key for another reason when it comes to Penn State’s 2016 recruiting class, according to Ben Jones of StateCollege.com:
Perhaps most importantly, the Bostick commitment continues the forward momentum in the race to land four star recruits Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens. Both are teammates of Bostick’s and both primary recruiting targets during a crucial summer for Chambers and his staff.
While Carr and Stevens are important recruits for Penn State in the 2016 class, the perimeter isn’t the only area where they’ll need to add depth. While two of their three incoming freshmen are front court players, Penn State will lose three (Donovon Jack, Brandon Taylor and Jordan Dickerson) at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
With that being the case, adding a front court player to the 2016 haul would benefit the Nittany Lions moving forward.