2. Florida State
8. Penn State
These are the current 247 Sports Top 10 recruiting classes for the 2016 Men’s Basketball Season. Any of those schools seem out of place ?
Penn State is putting together its best recruiting class ever.
Basketball has always taken a backseat to football in State College. Wrestling and volleyball have won national championships furthering the program from relevancy. The team couldn’t even use the Bryce Jordan Center because the university kicked them out while Bon Jovi was having a concert in 2011
In 116 seasons the team has qualified for the NCAA tournament 8 times, not counting NIT bids. They’ve cranked out some prolific players. Most recently; Tim Frazier, D.J. Newbill, and the all-time leading scorer Talor Battle. PSU hasn’t been the bottom of the barrel in Division I, but has severely underwhelmed in a major conference like the B1G Ten.
But that could all change.
Meet Pat Chambers.
The Radnor, PA native and Philly U alum is hell-bent on bringing the program to a higher standard. Regardless of his Win-Loss record, he is the guy to take Penn State to new heights. He is a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, Joe Hampton, and Nazeer Bostick were all swayed by Coach Chambers. All but Hampton are Philadelphia natives and Roman Catholic products. Coach Chambers is practically the principal of Roman Catholic. The 2016-2017 season will have 4 Roman Catholic players on the roster.
The 2016 class was being pursued by the Big East,Big 12,Pac-12, ACC, and other B1G schools. Even local schools like Temple, Drexel, La Salle, and Villanova lost out on hometown kids to the one that’s 4 hours away. Philadelphia is home to some of the best high school talent in America and Penn State is claiming their turf. A program looking for a new look is right at home in Philly.
Do these new recruits mean Penn State will have immediate success? No.
Does this mean PSU can contend with B1G heavyweights like Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Michigan St.? Maybe not.
But does this 2016 class put PSU in the right direction to becoming a B1G mainstay ? Yes