Penn State Basketball Recruiting: The Nittany Lions make some history

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry(Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry(Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports) /

Coach Micah Shrewsberry has his Penn State basketball program heading in the right direction thanks to another successful recruiting class.

Wednesday was the start of the early signing period for basketball recruits, and Penn State Basketball made a great recruiting haul official.

The headliner of the class is 4-star power forward Carey Booth, the son of Penn State basketball legend Calvin Booth. Booth is rated as the No. 77 player in the country and No. 15 power forward in the 247 Sports Composite.

Listed at 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Booth has the frame to be a dominate player in the Big Ten, although he may need to put on some more weight to handle some of the post players the conference has.

Booth becomes the second highest rated recruit to sign with the Nittany Lions, following 2016 signee Tony Carr. Six of Penn State’s 15 highest rated commits are expected to be on the 2023-24 roster.

Joining Booth in the class is 6-foot-4 combo guard Logan Imes from Indiana. The 3-star is rated as the No. 185 player in the class and No. 25 combo guard. He also held offers from Creighton, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The last member of this haul is none other than coach Shrewsberry’s own son, Braeden Shrewsberry. The State College Area High standout is rated as the No. 33 shooting guard in the country and No. 4 player in Pennsylvania. Listed at 6-foot-2, Shrewsberry will join a young and talented backcourt that should give defenses trouble in the coming years.

Have to imagine this was the easiest recruitment of Coach Shrewsberry’s career.

The three signees gave Penn State basketball the No. 24 ranked recruiting class in the nation, at least for now. The 2022 class was ranked 27th in the nation, giving the Nittany Lions the chance to have two top 30 classes. Considering there was a lot more Division I basketball programs than football ones, having a top 30 class is looked at the same way we look at top 15 football classes.

It’s still early in his tenure, but Shrewsberry is doing the right things off the court to get this program to new heights.