It has been a couple of weeks since we last checked in on Pat Chambers’ program, but while all the hubbub around the football program, a couple of developments took place.
The first, while expected, should still be a relief to Penn Staters, as Tim Frazier was officially granted his medical hardship waiver (medical redshirt to the rest of us). After rupturing his Achilles early on in the season’s fourth game, the waiver was mostly just a formality, but as any Nittany Lion fan can attest, the NCAA is not exactly in the business of formality. With Frazier’s return, Chambers could very well have one of the top backcourts in the Big 10, with Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill ready to slide back to more natural roles. With graduations and early departures, the duo of Marshall and Newbill will be the top returning scorers in the conference.
With depth seemingly addressed at guard, attention has turned to forward, where the Lions will look to answer plenty of questions both on the floor, and on the recruiting trail. One of those pieces could come by way of Texas forward Jaylen Bond, who announced last month he would be transferring from the Longhorns. The rising junior would of course sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA rules, but would have 2 years remaining after that. Jaylen hails from the Philly area, and meshes well with Chambers’ stated goal of establishing a PSU presence in the hoops hotbed. Philly natives D.J. Newbill, and John Johnson have both transferred to Happy Valley, and Chambers has recruited in both Brandon Taylor, and Julian Moore from the the area. Eric at BSD told me last night that Temple may be the leader, but once you get someone on campus, anything can happen. Bond was slowed by injuries this season, averaging just 3 points and 3 rebounds in limited minutes.
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