Pat Chambers and his assistants continued their tremendous recruiting success over the past year, as the Penn State Nittany Lions will sign their best men's basketball recruiting class in school history.
The Nittany Lions will have four new family members on Wednesday when they sign point guard Tony Carr, power forward Joe Hampton, small forward Lamar Stevens, and small forward Nazeer Bostick.
Three of those commits, Carr, Stevens and Bostick, all attend Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. Hampton attends Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
Tony Carr, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard, is the highest ranked recruit ever to sign with the Nittany Lions. The Philadelphia native has tremendous upside and potential, and still has plenty of room to grow and develop. One of the top prospects on the East Coast, and the top recruit in the state of Pennsylvania, Carr is considered a top-ten point guard nationally.
Carr committed to Penn State over the likes of Georgetown, Indiana, La Salle, Pittsburgh and Temple, among many others.
Power forward Joe Hampton, the only non-Roman Catholic commit, comes in at 6-foot-8 and 250-pounds. For a week or so it appeared as Hampton was having a change of heart on his commitment, but he recommitted soon after announcing his potential change of heart.
Considered one of the top talents in the state of Virginia, Hampton has all the abilities that Pat Chambers loves in his power forwards. He can make plays down low, above the arch, and anywhere in between. While he's not close to being a polished product, Hampton has the ability to see tremendous growth as a player at Penn State and could be a vital part of the Nittany Lions going forward.
Lamar Stevens could end up being the biggest gem of the recruiting class. Coming in at 6-foot-6 and 215-pounds, Stevens has all the capabilities of being a big time player for the Nittany Lions down the road. The third best player in the state of Pennsylvania, Stevens excels down in the paint and can be a valuable scorer down low. He has to work on his three ball but will improve as he continues to grow as a player.
Stevens committed to Penn State over other schools such as Indiana and Villanova.
Small forward Nazeer Bostick, Penn State's lowest rated commit, also has tremendous upside. Bostick mainly committed to the Nittany Lions on the idea of playing with two of his close friends and teammates Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens at the next level.
Bostick is known as a highly defensive small forward who won't back down from a challenge. He flourishes when it comes to scoring in the paint and mid-range but has trouble with shooting the three ball, which as Penn State fans know is the teams biggest weakness on offense.