AVALON, N.J. — After spending more than 30 days on the road in July and August recruiting in the U.S. and coaching his team in Europe, Pat Chambers is back on the sunny Jersey Shore for a few days of rest and relaxation with his family.
In the midst of a 10-mile bike ride Tuesday morning, Chambers stopped off for some coffee at the Avalon Coffee Co., and a chat with a reporter. Wearing blue shorts, a faded blue “Penn State” basketball shirt and sunglasses, a cheerful Chambers chatted with fans and well-wishers inside the coffee stop as he waited on line for his java.
“It’s close to a month, a month and a half of not seeing your kids,” Chambers said of his summer. “And it’s not easy because they need a father and you want to be around them during the important years. They’re 4, 3 and 1. ‘Where’s daddy?’ It’s hard so now this week being down here I’m trying to catch up and spend a lot of time with them and get that family time back.” To read more of this story, click here
Ever since decommitting from Penn State last week, Brandon Austin has been a very popular guy.
His Team Philly coach, Lonnie Lowry, said Baylor, UCLA, Maryland, Georgetown, Marquette and Florida have been heavily involved with the 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward out of Philly Imhotep Charter since his decommitment.
“Those schools have all really, really, really showed the most interest, so it’s going to be up to him to pick a few schools that he wants to go ahead and visit,” Lowry told SNY.tv. “Maryland and Georgetown are pretty close [to Philly].” To read more of this story, click here
Pat Chambers has yet to coach his first official game at Penn State and he’s already facing a situation no other basketball coach before him has had to deal with.
Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier were fired Wednesday night, and the University is at the center of the nation’s attention because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
“It’s disturbing, you know, I’m a father,” Chambers said Thursday on a conference call. “I’m a father of two with one on the way, so it’s very disturbing and disheartening for us. Obviously, we’re going through some trying times right now here, and we somehow have to just stick together and stay positive.
“We’re all very emotional right now. I don’t think anybody’s ever seen anything like this.” To read more of this story, click here
Daniel Dingle is headed to Temple.
The 6-foot-7 forward from St. Raymond’s High School in The Bronx chose the Owls over Seton Hall, Auburn and Miami, his brother, Dana Dingle, told SNY.tv.
UMass, Maryland and Missouri had also been involved.
“I just like the whole atmosphere,” Dingle said. “I’m from The Bronx where it’s pretty diverse and Temple is also pretty diverse which really made me feel right at home.
“Also, the coaching staff and their drive and ambition to get guys better. I will bring a well rounded person, versatile player and competitor with a great work ethic.”
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Brandon Taylor, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward from Trenton (N.J.) Catholic, verbally pledged to Penn State.
Taylor chose the Lions over Miami, Drexel, Temple, Richmond and South Florida, his father, Byron, told SNY.tv.
“Proximity is one of the reasons,” Byron Taylor said. “He wanted to be close to home where his family could go see him play.”
Byron said his son may elect to redshirt his freshman because he’s only 17.
“He’s a younger kid,” his father said. “He’s very versatile. He can pass, he can shoot , he can post .He gives you that skill set.”
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D.J. Newbill, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Philadelphia who spent last season at Southern Miss, made a verbal commitment Friday to Penn State.
Newbill, who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman, also considered Temple, Drexel and La Salle, among others.
He will sit out next season as per NCAA transfer regulations before having three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012.
“He felt a real good family-oriented vibe,” said his mentor, Donte Adolphues. “It seemed like they cared about the kid. They want to bring big time basketball to Penn State and the Big 10 Conference.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jarelle Reischel wrestled hard with his college decision before announcing Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 208-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High had narrowed his options to Penn State, Rice and Seton Hall before ultimately choosing Rice.
“They really believe and care about me,” Reischel told ZAGSBLOG.com. “I think it’s an opportunity where I can play right away in Conference USA.
“Coach [Ben] Braun is a great coach. He’s had a lot of success. He’s had 21 pros through his years. He has the experience. He knows the position I have to be to make it to the next level.” To read more of this story, click here
Freddie Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from New Haven (Conn.) Hillhouse, signed with Seton Hall, according to Hillhouse coach Ty Sullivan.
Wilson, who averaged 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, also considered Fordham and Drexel.
“He’s a combination guard,” New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. “Very high energy. Quick, very aggressive. Never takes a step backward. He attacks the basket and is always in attack mode. Not a pure point, not a pure shooter, but very high energy. He can be a very good press player.” To read more of this story, click here
Jarelle Reischel, a 6-foot-6, 204-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, has shuffled his visits a bit.
Having already visited Rice officially, Reischel will visit Seton Hall Oct. 14, Georgetown Oct. 21, Penn State Oct. 30 and Temple at a date TBD.
“They’re all kind of equal,” he said Friday by phone. “I visited all of them unofficially. I’ll get a better feel for which school will lead after I take my official visits.”
Reischel was born in Hamburg, Germany because his father, Terry Carter, who was born on Long Island, was in the military. He is currently stationed in Kuwait. To read more of this story, click here
Jarelle Reischel, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, has settled on five schools.
He visits Rice Thursday, Georgetown (Oct. 8), Seton Hall (Oct. 14), Penn State (Oct. 28) and Temple (TBD), according to his high school coach, Nick Catania.
“They’re all in a pretty good position,” Catania said. “They’ve all worked pretty hard at it. That’s coming from him.” To read more of this story, click here