It’s got to be tough for a guy as intense as Penn State coach Pat Chambers to handle losing as often as Penn State basketball has this season. Chambers preaches effort and attitude above all else. We see his style on the floor when Penn State players dive — sometimes recklessly — after loose balls that may or may not be within their reach. For all that effort to come up short so often is probably very frustrating.
That’s why it was good to hear Chambers look for the silver lining after Penn State’s most recent defeat, a 71-65 home loss to Michigan in which the Lions trailed by as many as 19 before a second half rally closed the gap to 4. Chambers was particularly pleased with the development of freshman forward Ross Travis.
“I am excited for him. I’m excited for our future with him. He was terrific,” said Chambers regarding Travis, “He was the reason why we went on that run. Just kept balls alive, kept playing hard. He was making his free throws. He’s a special kid. And the thing about him — he’s earned the right to play like that. He lives in the gym. He wants to be good. He wants to be coached. I scream and yell at him all the time. He’s just like, ‘what else can I do, what else can I do?’ I love coaching him. And that’s why I think you’re going to see a lot more production out of him — In this game coming up, and in the future.”
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