Penn State Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 16-16, 7-11
Nickname: Nittany Lions
Coach: Patrick Chambers
Conference: Big Ten
Who's gone: F Brandon Taylor, F Donovon Jack, G Devin Foster, C Jordan Dickerson
Who's back: G Shep Garner. Junior led team in scoring in 11 games including five of final six; F Payton Banks; Junior saw increase in scoring (+7.7 points per game) with added playing time; G Josh Reaves. Team went 1-5 without the stingy sophomore in the lineup.
Who's new: G Tony Carr. Freshman is top recruit in the state and joins high school teammates and fellow Top 10 prospects G Nazeer Bostick and F Lamar Stevens to form Penn State's most vaunted recruiting class ever.
The Skinny: With back-to-back strong recruiting classes now in the program, the Nittany Lions have started to piece things together on the court. They nearly upset No. 4 Maryland on the road early and beat ranked Indiana and Iowa teams over the final five weeks of last season. Chambers believes speed to be his team's best attribute, but the young Nittany Lions will be challenged to establish a physical presence in a rugged Big Ten.