It didn’t take long for Pat Chambers to hit the road recruiting, and took even less time for him to pick up his first commitment. Akosa Maduegbunam, a 6’3 2-guard out of Charlestown MA has committed to Penn State earlier this afternoon making him the first player of the Pat Chambers’ Era .
While Massachusetts is a far cry from the fertile Philadelphia recruiting grounds Penn State fans are eager to pillage, Chambers had already offered Maduegbunam a scholarship while at Boston University meaning that this was a simple call and connection to make. With a year left in high school, Maduegbunam is just starting to find his game but has already picked up some high praise from ESPN’s recruiting services:
A physically imposing prospect on the wing, Maduegbunam has a strong build with easily noticeable muscle mass and good athleticism. He has good speed running the floor, gets off his feet quickly, and plays above the rim with ease. While he is a drive first player with great economy of motion off the bounce, Maduegbunam is a much improved shooter. He gets a ton of lift on his mid-range pull-up and so can get it off at virtually anytime and is now a reliable catch and shoot player behind the arc with good loft and backspin on his ball. Defensively, he has all the physical tools to blossom into a lock down on the ball defender.
Over the this past season Maduegbunam averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals while guiding his school to their first Boston City League title since 2006. Maduegbunam, who transferred into Charlestown from Cushing Academy as a sophomore, will finish his high school career at Winchendon School starting in the fall. In his two seasons with the Townies, he averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds, three assists and was a two-time All-City selection. Before committing to Penn State, Maduegbunam had received offers from Temple, Drexel, New Hampshire and Iona.
For Chambers, this is a solid start on the recruiting trail. Maduegbunam is clearly a physically gifted athlete and has the ball skills and shooting ability to grow into a solid player. Assuming that he continues to mature over his senior season, both physically and as a basketball player, Maduegbunam ought to see his 82 ESPN rating and stock rise considerably. For Pat Chambers and Penn State basketball, Maduegbunam is a potential steal.
As far as his recruitment:
“I would say Coach Chambers is probably one of the best recruiters ever,” Maduegbunam said this afternoon by phone. “He just makes you feel really welcome, really wanted. I tried to evaluate coaches as to where they’ll be down the road.
“Somewhere along the line of life, I’ll stop playing basketball, and Coach Chambers is a guy who would be there at my wedding. He is more than just a college coach. It’s more than just basketball for him, it’s about character and personality. He found that in me, and I found that in him.”