Garner Going to State

Team Final head coach Rob Edwards believes Penn State has seen Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) guard Shep Garner play more than any college staff in the country. It will soon see much more of him.

Patrick Chambers, and Penn State basketball, are officially on a recruiting roll.

Three days after landing a verbal commitment from class of 2015 Bartram High (Philadelphia, Pa.) forward Mike Watkins, Chambers returned back to Philadelphia to add his second verbal commitment of the class of 2014 Saturday.

FOX Sports NEXT national analyst Brian Snow confirmed via Team Final head coach Rob Brown that Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) guard Shep Garner committed to Penn State Saturday morning over an offer from Rutgers and interest from Villanova and Temple.

The 6-foot-2, 165 pound FOX Sports NEXT three-star shooting guard joins Williamsport Area (Pa.) two-star guard Isaiah Washington in State's class of 2014.

"I think Penn State had made him a priority. Everybody on the staff has probably seen him play more than anybody in the country," Brown told Fight On State Saturday afternoon. "Every single assistant has followed him and watched him grow from freshman year on up, and [associate head coaches] Brian Daily and Keith Urgo, along with Pat Chambers, are local Philly guys.

"All three of them have seen him play a ton, and I think showed him the most interest of anyone in the country."

Garner dumped in 15.7 points per game during his junior campaign according to the Philadelphia basketball website City of Basketball Love.

Since his freshman year on the AAU circuit, the Team Final head coach noted Garner's improvement on the floor, and also added that he's taken a calmer approach to each game, whether he scores 30 points or five. He continued by noting Garner has improved the pace of his game, as well.

"He has a very strong personality. He never feels as if he's defeated in a game, and the kid just plays extremely hard," Brown said. "He has the right attitude to succeed in basketball, and he's very prepared for games.

"He's never down on himself, and always brings a very good attitude."

Upon arrival at State, Garner will join guards D.J. Newbill and John Johnson as players with Philadelphia zip codes on the Nittany Lions roster. Chambers has been adamant that he will recruit the Philadelphia area, which he is native to, hard during his tenure at Penn State. The rewards of that focus are just beginning to pay off with Watkins and Garner.

Now, it's up to Garner to continue improving until he signs the dotted line, and fully commits to Penn State.

"He's a really streaky shooter, but when he gets on, he's dialed in, and locked in. He shoots the ball really well," Brown explained. "He passed the ball well, but I don't know if it's his stronger point. That's probably his shooting, and his mental toughness.

"We use him as an off-guard a lot, or a combo guard, and he runs the point some for us, as well."

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