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It is going to be an uncertain season to start. The question that people have is that the players we brought in didn’t come from power 6 conferences, and although I see their point, they are also Juniors and Seniors from college programs. They will be able to adapt to the Big Ten quicker and easier than high school kids. And the point you made about the coaching staff being leaps and bounds better, I couldn’t agree with you more, and as most people know I was a huge supporter of Pat Chambers. That being said, and I still think Pat did wonders for this program, he didn’t have the experience that Shrewsberry has coming in, in spite of Shrews never have been a head coach, and Pat didn’t have the Money to bring in such a great staff. I also felt that we could have been anywhere from 14-11 to 16-9 with better coaching last year, and I think we have improved as a team. Won’t know until November 10th.
The bright side is that they are not high school kids
They have all played basketball against older, college age kids which makes a huge difference. Sessoms struggled more from, in my opinion, lack of quality coaching, and poor decision making than his actual playing. Most of the turnovers, and struggles came from over dribbling, lack of court awareness, and poor decisions. A lot of that was on the coaching. Pickett left Sienna to first try his skills in the NBA, which helped him greatly. Cornwall lacks size, but has a much better shot than Wheeler had, and according to guys like Dread, Coach Shrewsberry, and Blue-White Illustrated that are at the practices, Greg Lee is a legitimate ball player. He handles the ball very well, can shoot it from anywhere on the court, and is above average athletic player. Add an athletic body like Scott at 6’7" 250lbs who can get to the rim, is far better than what we had coming off the bench. The interesting person to watch will be someone like Dorsey, who at 6’7" showed he had some skill in very limited time. Don’t know if he will ever be able to help, but it will be someone to watch and see.
I disagree a bit
The NIT plays first few rounds on teams home courts. They won’t pass on the opportunity for a big ten school, and larger crowds and income. 17-15 might not be enough is right.
It will be interesting to see how deep the Big Ten is this year
I think there will be a bigger gap this year from top to bottom. A number of teams really helped themselves in the portal, but I think Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers, Purdue all went a step down. I also see a more favorable schedule for Penn State this year, a huge step up in the coaching staff, and a very experienced team could be a key to success.
His recruiting has far exceeded expectations so far
even with the disappointment of Oweh going to Oklahoma instead of Penn State, and we still have a number of slots left to bring in from the portal next year.
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It is so amusing
that even without a single game being played, so many people have already doomed us to not make any post season. No one knows just how well these new kids like Greg Lee, Jaylen Pickett, and Cornwall will be able to play in the big ten, but they are all coming from college programs not high school programs. Coach Shrewsberry stated in Media Day, Penn State will be the 3rd oldest team in college basketball this year. Experience can make up for some lack of talent or depth. I am very hopeful even for this season as we have 4 quality players returning, and at least 3 kids that will contribute at a high rate. I also feel that Shrewsberry did an excellent job replacing the talent that left.
We are slated to finish 12th in the big ten
and I think we will finish a bit higher. I think we are better than we were last year, and with a bit better coaching we should best last year’s mark, however I agree that they most likely won’t be a NCAA team, but could make the NIT if we post a good non conference record.
but it was time to bail out your QB. It just seemed to me that they make those tough catches for Clifford. Could be the way he throws the ball, again, football is not my strong suit, but swallowing a loss like this is tough to take, especially when you are convinced you had the better team.
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I think he deserves some credit for it
Roberson is a young QB forced into action, and yet with no running game, Franklin kept running the ball forcing Roberson to have to throw the ball on 3rd down, instead of staying aggressive and throwing on 1st down. Then when he threw the ball, it was just wide screen passes, and since he wasn’t throwing the ball down field, Iowa played everyone up and stopped those plays. Not sure if Roberson would have fared better, but throwing the 10-15 yard pass on 1st down is easier.
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Just a little out of my zone here
but in my opinion the MVP goes to the coaching staff, which went ultra conservative with Roberson. I don’t think they threw one pass on 1st down until the end, and sometimes it was third down before he threw a pass. That is a lot of pressure on a young QB in such a hostile environment. Then, his TE dropped two passes that would have been 1st downs and kept drives alive. Seems the entire offense slumped once Clifford went down, and that too is the coaching staff.
And the Basketball rating will only go up
if we land Oweh, and I do think that both Lilly and Brown will return to a 4* ranking after their senior years. This could Penn State on the verge of being a contender for March Madness for the next 4 years+, especially if Dread and Lundy come back next year. Along with Scott and Pickett, plus these recruits, and a spot or two left for the portal, we could be tough.
I am with you there
I try to be as positive as I can be, and always look at the bright side. This time the bright side is starting to hurt my eyes, and yes, there are some who are just as negative as can be. I can’t think of a time since the early 80’s when I started following Penn State Basketball, that I have been this excited.
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And that eye I do believe will be shown in Clary
Many scouts thought Battle was too small for big time college basketball, and at 5’11" I think people think the same about Kanye, but I see him as a spark plug coming off the bench next year. Now with Lilly, Njie and Scott we finally have a solid inside game. Both Njie and Lilly have a lot of work to do, but I do like working with them than with our past people like Buttrick, who at a smaller college I believe will play very well.
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I agree with Oweh delaying his decision
but maybe he had wind of Lilly announcing and decided to wait and not still his thunder. Just a hope on my part. Now if he is close to his brother Kaylen, him joining the team could make the difference. All I know is now I will be very anxious for next Friday. Oweh coming in will seal this class as a top 20 class.
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Change your view about what????
He came in and did an admiral job of replacing what left in the portal, has already brought in what most likely is the best recruiting class over all that Penn State has ever had, and still has room for more. Has ESPN and 247 Sports talking about Penn State basketball, and if he lands Oweh, may give us a class that just might make the dance for at least 3 years, and a chance to build even bigger. Now, I will agree this has to turn into winning games, but Penn State became very competitive the last 5-6 years and didn’t have this good of a coaching staff. We now not only have one of the best recruiting class ever, we have the best coaching staff ever. It is really exciting to be a Lion Basketball Fan, but more so, for the first time we may have a top 20 recruiting class in both Football and basketball.
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He took a real risk this summer
When he dropped out of the AAU circuit to work on his body. He spent the summer losing weight and building muscle instead of playing. Penn State has two players, Lilly and Brown, who were 4* recruits and were dropped to 3* recruits, Brown because he played poorly, (for him), during Peach Jam. Turned out that he played injured. I see his ranking going up with a good senior year. Now all we need is for Oweh to sign and we will have one hell-of-a recruiting class coming in, and still room to pick up a decent portal player or two next year.
He moved it to Oct 1
Which makes me think that he will be taking his trade elsewhere??? I hope I am wrong about that, but I can’t see why he would delay unless he is expecting an offer elsewhere. He would be a very huge addition to this class.
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Have to agree with most of your comments
yet I don’t think Lively threw us in the mix out of courtesy. For a kid that wants to be a one and done, having a coach with NBA experience had to be enticing. That said, it is hard to compete with Duke and Kentucky. Oweh is not out of our reach, and I am hoping that his brother moving in and joining the team will only help the cause. He would make us a serious contender for March Madness, and that could be for a couple of years or so since we will still have a number of scholarships left. That could leave room for Shrew to work the Portal next year and bring in some upper class post players to help out. A solid season this year can help that also.
Njie didn’t have many offers, but we did pull him from Butler, and that hasn’t happened too often. I really think this coaching staff will turn the program around quickly.