Penn State’s Micah Shrewsberry talks Parsons, Oweh at Football’s pro day

Purdue associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry talks with Purdue guard Isaiah Thompson (11) and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.Bkc Purdue Vs Maryland
Purdue associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry talks with Purdue guard Isaiah Thompson (11) and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.Bkc Purdue Vs Maryland /
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As the Big Ten Network televised Penn State’s “Pro Day”, new Basketball Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry crashed the party and spoke to Nittany Nation for the first time.

Putting aside the oddities of televising Pro Day but not the Blue White Game, it’s an even further rarity to have basketball featured at a football event … it’s usually the other way around!

Since Penn State hasn’t had an official welcoming press conference for Micah Shrewsberry yet, this was the first time publicly answering questions representing the blue and white.  Here are a few of the quotables:

On his first week in Happy Valley: “I got a huge smile under this mask … So excited to be here and to continue to be in the Big Ten.  I’m enjoying the ride thus far.”

Shrewsberry also went in-depth on the culture he wants to instill:

"“A lot of things, I’ve learned from some of the best (Brad Stevens, Matt Painter) and really trying to instill the things I’ve learned from them…we want to have high character guys, to play the game the right way, engage the fans and community, and really make the Bryce Jordan Center a tough place to play.  Everything we want to do we want to make PSU proud, that’s our goal each and every night.”"

On his defensive philosophy: “(there are a lot of) great programs in the Big Ten, we want to tsrive to be one of those and to be one of those we have to be a great defensive team…you know take a page out of Franklin’s playbook if we could get a Micah Parsons if we could get a Jason Oweh to kind of play for us a little bit, I know they got bigger and better plans coming up but to get guys like that that bleed Penn State, that want to play as hard as a they can, that want to have a defensive mindset and really establish culture and foundation.”

While it’s certainly not likely that either Micah Parsons or Jayson Oweh will give up a potential first round NFL draft pick to hit the hardwood, remember Shrewsberry has offered Jason’s younger brother, rising Junior Otega Oweh (Blair Academy, NJ) a basketball scholarship.  Hopefully Otega was listening today!

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