Incoming Lions React to DeChellis Move

Fight On State talked to Penn State basketball signees about the program's sudden coaching change.

Former Penn State coach Ed DeChellis' decision to leave the Nittany Lions for Navy left the college basketball world in a state of confusion. Among those stunned by his sudden departure are members of the incoming class of recruits and transfers.

Highly touted Dayton transfer Juwan Staten could only respond with one word about the sudden coaching change.

"Crazy," he simply said.

As for his future in blue and white? "I don't know what I'm going to do," Staten said. "Honestly."

Staten has spoken with athletic director Tim Curley and an assistant coach about the situation. Since he has yet to enroll at Penn State, he is not bound to the school.

But the incoming freshmen who have signed with PSU are bound by their letters of intent.

"Right now I am just trying to stay positive about the situation," said Ohio Player of the Year Trey Lewis. "But I have a feeling it is all going to work out for the best."

And because of that, Lewis is fairly certain where he will be enrolling in the fall.

"As of now, I am a Nittany Lion," Lewis said. "I love Penn State."

Another incoming freshman, Patrick Ackerman of Worcester Academy (Mass.), certainly wasn't expecting the sudden change. But is trying his best to stay positive.

"I'm obviously pretty bummed out," Ackerman said. "But at the same time, my father was a coach and I know you have to do what you have to do, so I just need to keep getting better and doing what I need to do."

Ackerman has already thought about his future with the Lions, and knows what his future will hold.

"I'm staying," Ackerman said. "I choose to go to school at Penn State, so that's what I am going to do."

He added, "Obviously Coach Dechellis had a lot to do with my decision, but Penn State is where I wanted to go no matter who the coach is."

And the most recent PSU Signee, Matt Glover seemed to agree with the rest.

"Its disappointing because you know you are losing a good coach," Glover said. "But I understand and accept his decision. It's a business and things change so you have to adjust to it."

And that's exactly what they will do, adjust.


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