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7-Footer Dickerson Transfers to Penn State from SMU
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
ImageZags Blog: For the second time in two days, a former Southern Methodist University 7-footer has found a new home.

One day after Blaise Mbargorba committed to Boston University, Brooklyn’s Jordan Dickerson pledged to Penn State, as first reported by SNY.tv.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the coaches, the visit was real good,” the 7-foot, 240-pound Dickerson, who turns 20 Sunday, told SNY.tv following his visit to Happy Valley on Wednesday and Thursday. “I really appreciate the support that I got from them.”

Dickerson said he also considered Hofstra and Minnesota, among others.

“I took a look over by Hofstra real quick,” said Dickerson, who graduated from Brooklyn Lincoln High School before spending a post-grad year at IMG Academy. “It was pretty nice. I think Penn State just might be a better fit for me as far as where I’m trying to get at.”

 
Shep Garner Continues PSU's Phiily Recruiting Streak
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
ImageCity of Basketball Love: After a bit of a slow start, Pat Chambers‘ Philadelphia ties are starting to pay off in Penn State’s recruiting. Four days after 2015 Imhotep forward Michael Watkins verbally committed to the Nittany Lions, Chambers and his staff got a big commitment from 2014 Roman Catholic guard Shep Garner.

“Very deserving, very proud of him, hardworking kid and I know he really connected well with the staff,” Roman coach Chris McNesby told CoBL by phone from Penn State, where Roman was playing at their team camp this weekend. “(Associate head) coach (Brian) Daly and coach Chambers both have Philadelphia connections and they recruited him hard throughout the process.”

Chambers, a Philly-area native, is an Episcopal and Philadelphia University graduate who also spent time as an assistant at Villanova in the last decade. He’s clearly focusing on Philadelphia, bringing in Pitt transfer John Johnson (Girard College/Life Center) and Southern Miss transfer D.J. Newbill (Strawberry Mansion), as well as Moore, Watkins and now Garner–though the latter says where Chambers is from didn’t play a role in his decision.

“I had a good connection with coach, we hit it off since Day 1 and our relationship just got better and better as time went on,” he said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with the Philly connection or anything like that.”

 
Miami transfer Roberts picks Penn State
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
ImageJournal News: Miami guard Allen Roberts, the team’s leading scorer last season, is transferring to Penn State for his final season of eligibility.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Roberts, who was redshirted as a junior, can play immediately because he’s already earned his degree.

The Middletown High School product averaged 12.9 points and shot 38.8 percent from the field and 79.8 from the foul line. He had the team’s second-most 3-pointers with 46.

“Obviously, we wish him the best. … Hopefully, it’s a chance for other guys to step up,” Miami coach John Cooper said.

 
Watkins finds perfect opportunity, commits to Penn State
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
ImageCity of Basketball Love: When the perfect opportunity presents itself, it’s impossible to turn your back.

That’s what 2015 forward Michael Watkins realized, as he verbally committed to play for Penn State on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8 forward believes that the opportunity the Nittany Lions presented was too good to pass up.

“Penn State is the right situation for me on and off the court,” Watkins said via text message. “The coaching staff fits my personality and the school allows me to the opportunity to play right away in the Big Ten, allowing me the opportunity to play on the biggest stage and be close to home.”

 
Indiana basketball lands Evan Gordon
Friday, 14 June 2013
ImageIndy Star: Former North Central guard and Arizona State transfer Evan Gordon committed to Indiana on Wednesday morning.

The 6-3 Gordon, who has graduated from Arizona State, will be eligible to play right away at Indiana. He averaged 10.1 points for the Sun Devils as a junior after transferring from Liberty.

Gordon’s older brother, Eric, played at IU in 2007-08 and is now in the NBA with New Orleans. Evan Gordon said he will enroll in the sports administration Masters program at IU.

“There’s nothing like an Indiana kid playing for IU,” Gordon said. “Coach (Tom) Crean has that program rocking and rolling.”

 
Dakota Mathias commits to Purdue
Thursday, 16 May 2013
ImageLima Ohio: It’s been a lengthy process for Elida basketball standout Dakota Mathias.
 
Heading into this past season as a junior, Mathias already had the attention of many NCAA Division I basketball programs.

For months, Mathias talked to many college coaches and visited schools as the recruiting process heated up.

However, after playing in an AAU tournament this past weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mathias decided to continue his basketball career at Purdue University.

Mathias accepted a scholarship from Purdue University this weekend, becoming the first member of the Boilermakers' 2014 recruiting class. He made an official visit to Purdue in April when he told Purdue coach Matt Painter he hoped to make a decision before July.

 
Michigan State adds former Minnesota commit Alvin Ellis III
Wednesday, 01 May 2013
ImageMLive: Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo announced Wednesday that the Spartans have added Alvin Ellis III to their 2013 class.

Ellis, a former Minnesota commit, signed a valid Big Ten tender to attend Michigan State next fall. Ellis - a 6-4, 190-pound guard out of De La Salle High School in Illinois - joins forward Gavin Schilling in the 2013 class.

Making matters more interesting is the fact that Schilling and Ellis are former teammates, having played together as juniors at Chicago De La Salle before Schilling transferred following their junior season.

"Alvin will be a great addition to our backcourt," Izzo said. "We like his offensive skill set, especially his shooting touch, hitting 40 percent from three each of the last two seasons. He’s got good length and versatility, with the ability to defend a couple different positions on the perimeter."

 
Daquein McNeil 'grateful' to follow Richard Pitino to Minnesota
Thursday, 25 April 2013
ImageBaltimore Sun: The only time Daquein McNeil has ever set foot in the state of Minnesota was for an AAU tournament in suburban Minneapolis one year ago. Outside of a trip to the Mall of America, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard says he doesn’t remember much about visiting the North Star State.

But despite his lack of familiarity with Minnesota, McNeil is “really excited” to spend the next four years of his life there. The East Baltimore native and Vermont Academy senior committed to the Golden Gophers on Wednesday, becoming the first commitment of the Richard Pitino era.

“It feels really good,” McNeil said. “I was just very grateful [to be offered by Minnesota]. In college basketball this year, [the Big Ten] was the best conference. I know how much work it takes. As soon as I figure out coming [to campus] this summer, we’re going to go to work.”

Dating back to his freshman year at Carver, McNeil had been pegged by most local basketball observers as a future high-major player. Playing for Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt., and suiting up for Nike Baltimore Elite during the summer, did nothing to change those perceptions.

 
Aaron Cosby to transfer to Illinois
Friday, 19 April 2013
ImageESPN: Seton Hall sophomore guard Aaron Cosby said Friday he will transfer to Illinois.

Cosby committed to the Illini during a visit to the school on Friday. He had previously planned to also visit Missouri on Saturday, but canceled the trip. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.

"Coach (John) Groce, the staff, the fans all made me feel at home," Cosby said in a text. "Coach Groce really put his best foot forward with me and my family, and I felt he was sincere. It's a great opportunity here, and it fit everything that I was looking for in my new situation.

"It was tough because I respect (Missouri coach Frank) Haith and what he's doing at Missouri. They did a great job recruiting me. But I just felt Illinois is right for me."

 
Seton's Foster decommits from Minnesota
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
ImageChicago Tribune: Seton senior center Alex Foster decommitted from Minnesota on Tuesday in the wake of the firing of coach Tubby Smith.

Minnesota is expected to grant the 6-foot-8 Foster a release from his letter of intent Wednesday. The school recently hired Florida International coach Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Smith, who was fired in late March, was subsequently hired at Texas Tech.

"(Alex) only took one official visit, so he has four that he can use," Seton coach Brandon Thomas said via text message. "He has no favorites at this point and is wide open. He will take his time with this process and select a school, coaching staff and style of play that best fits his needs as a student-athlete."

Foster elected not to talk about his reasons for reopening his recruitment. Foster's decision comes on the heels of De La Salle shooting guard Alvin Ellis' decision to seek another school. The 6-foot-4 Ellis received his release from his letter of intent from Minnesota on April 3.

 

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