Penn State Basketball: Chambers Zeroes in on Jeter and Glass
While Penn State has struggled to find consistency on the court, first-year coach Pat Chambers has continued to make progress off the hardwood.
With last week's announcement that Billy Oliver would not return next season because of ongoing issues with concussion-like symptoms, it has opened up recruiting options for the Nittany Lions' 2012 and '13 classes.
The distribution of scholarships can be difficult to understand, but unless another player currently on the roster leaves the program, Chambers will be able to add just one recruit in the two classes, but not both.
Here are two players on Penn State’s radar that may eventually end up in in Happy Valley.
A 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from Beaver Falls High School in suburban Pittsburgh, he currently is the favorite to fill the final spot in the 2012 recruiting class.
Rated one of the top-five players in the Western Pennsylvania by Rivals.com, Jeter would provide the Nittany Lions with height and athleticism. He remains high on Penn State, but the competition is growing to land the talented recruit. Jeter visited South Carolina this weekend and had this to say about his visit:
“I’m just keeping my options open," Jeter said. "Penn State and South Carolina are my favorites, but there is no clear No. 1. I was supposed to visit Penn State earlier but I had to reschedule because of my ACTs. I’ll visit Wisconsin and Penn State soon. I would decide until the season is over.”
Glass, from Alpharetta, Ga., is a new name on Chambers’ list and indications are that Penn State isn’t holding back.
Glass, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound power forward, is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 81st best player in the 2012 class. Glass’ coach David Boyd said that an average performance on the AAU circuit this year scared some teams way from Glass, but Penn State has not backed offi.
“They have a very high interest in Tevin,” Boyd said. “He is a high energy player that can score and rebound.”
Glass himself also chimed in on his recruitment with high praise for Chambers.
“He calls my coach a lot,” Glass said. “I really like that a lot. Xavier is another school talking to me.”