Commits on Chambers

The Class of 2011 is ushering in entirely new era of Penn State basketball — the Pat Chambers era. In the few days since Chambers has taken over the program, he has made quite the impression on the Lions basketball family.

On Friday former Boston University coach Patrick Chambers was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Nittany Lions.

In one of his first acts as head coach, Chambers reached out to most of the incoming Penn State signees to discuss what to expect as they report to Happy Valley later this month.

One of the first Chambers called, was Garfield Heights Ohio standout Trey Lewis.

"I did a lot of research on Coach Chambers" Lewis said. "He has had a great career as a coach at Boston University, and when I had a chance to talk to him he seemed like a great guy. He has great character and he seems very passionate about his new job."

That positive attitude extends to most everyone that has been contacted by Chambers, including incoming big man Patrick Ackerman.

"I think he is a pretty cool guy so far," Ackerman said. "I have only talked to him once but he seems like a really good guy and definitely someone that I want to play for."

Chambers called Ackerman Saturday night.

"I think he was just calling to everyone to check in and introduce himself," Ackerman said. "I only talked to him briefly Saturday I'm sure he was busy."

But even though the conversation was brief, Ackerman was impressed.

"He's definitely energetic and passionate about what he does," Ackerman said. "He seems just as excited as I am to get started."

Another incoming Lion, Sheridan junior college transfer Matt Glover shares the excitement about Chambers.

"After Coach Chambers was named I heard good things about him," Glover said. "And I am just eager to get up there and meet him."

The Class of 2011 will report to Happy Valley at the end of June, and are all ready to officially become part of Nittany Nation.

"I have talked to pretty much all the recruits coming in," Lewis said of his future teammates. "And we are all on the same page."

A place that Chambers is now clearly in charge of.

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