A Lasting Impact?

A future Penn State player considers how the the Nittany Lions' first march into NCAAs in a decade could help recruiting.

Penn State commit Trey Lewis is proud to call himself a future Nittany Lion.

"Penn State is great school for sports and academics," Lewis said. "That is one of the major reasons I picked Penn State, because it has a wonderful business school and I can take those classes."

The point guard from Cleveland Garfield Heights HS has been watching this year's basketball team closely, and has a few things to say about his future teammates.

"First of all, Penn State is having a great season so far," Lewis said. "They knocked off some premier teams to get to the tourney — the road wasn't easy."

He continued, "But that's what makes great teams great teams, being able to overcome adversity."

This year's team, according to Lewis, is one of those great teams.

"I think the Big Ten is the best basketball conference," Lewis said. "And to see Penn State at the top of the Big Ten, that does wonders for recruiting."

There are other ways Lewis thinks recruiting will change in the wake of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.

"It will be big in helping out recruiting," Lewis said. "Making it to the tourney is a huge accomplishment because you're playing on TV and getting exposure — that's what big recruits want. There is no better way to do that then getting to the tourney."

That's not all that a tournament berth will help.

"Success is attractive. They keep doing this and it will be good," Lewis said. "Everybody that is being recruited wants to play in the tourney, and to see that they are already doing that — its great."

As for Lewis' prediction?

"I'm a Nittany fan so I say they go all the way," Lewis said. "It's going to be a tough struggle, but they have been knocking off and overcoming. A lot of people are going to doubt them, but they are going to give it their all."

Lewis thinks this year's team will begin to change those doubters into believers, one big recruit at a time.


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