Penn State basketball: Where do the Lions rank after landing first 2020 commit?

The Penn State basketball program landed its first commitment for the 2020 class on Monday. Now, where does their recruiting class rank?

Penn State basketball received some great news on Monday regarding their 2020 recruiting class. With 37 offers currently out there for the 2020 class, the Nittany Lions have landed a verbal commitment from one of their offered three-star prospects. According to 247 Sports, the Lions are getting a top 50 shooting guard in Dallion Johnson for the 2020 season.

Johnson, who will be coming out of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts happens to be the number one ranked player in his state, according to the 247 composites. During his Junior year at the Academy, Johnson averaged about 20 points-per-game in 24 total games. Johnson has been described as a ‘sharpshooter’ who is ‘not afraid to launch in any situation,’ by Craig Fitz.

With interest from other schools such as Davidson, George Washington, Brown, and Boston U, Johnson ultimately chose the Lions and made himself the lone commit for the 2020 class after what seems to be a successful official visit that he took on at Penn State last month.

While he’s not the first player to tell PSU he’s coming next season, he will be the only commitment as of now since the Lions lost one in Mikeal Brown-Jones back in April. With Dallion Johnson’s verbal commitment now, where do the Lions rank nationally within the 2020 recruiting cycle?

A look at the recruiting ranks

With the official news of Johnson’s commitment, Penn State saw a nice jump in their national rankings for the class. After being considered the 82nd ranked class for the 2019 cycle, which contained three, three-star prospects, the Nittany Lions are off to a better start for 2020, as Johnson’s word puts them as the 35th ranked program in the nation so far.

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As for the Big Ten ranks, PSU saw a bit of a jump there as well. Last season, their class finished out the cycle being viewed as the 12th ranked class. Right now, they are in much better shape as they ranked eighth. We’ll see if they can improve on that with another commitment soon.




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