Big Weekend for PSU Hoops

A host of blue-chip prospects are slated to visit Happy Valley. See who is scheduled to be on hand.

Penn State takes on Ohio State in a critical Big Ten football game at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

But it will also be an important day for the Nittany Lion basketball program.

A host of outstanding hoop prospects are slated to make unofficial visits to Happy Valley this weekend. Most of them are underclassmen.

Many of the prospects were initially slated to stop by campus the weekend of the PSU-Minnesota football game last month. But all but one of those visits were canceled when a snowstorm pelted the area, making travel into University Park difficult.

This is arguably the best group of basketball recruits ever to hit campus in a single weekend. The prospects scheduled to visit who we've be able to identify so far include:

CLASS OF 2010

Taran Buie: A 6-foot, 170-pound guard from State Colllege Area High, Buie is the brother of current PSU point guard Talor Battle. He committed to the Nittany Lions last April and is scheduled to sign with PSU this month.

CLASS OF 2011

Trey Burke: A 5-11, 155-pound shooting guard from Northland High in Columbus, Ohio, Burke committed to the Nittany Lions last month.

Rakeem Christmas: A 6-8, 210-pounder from Academy of New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa., he is considered a top-five overall prospect and the best center in his class. He excels at blocking shots and has a strong short- to mid-range game. He is a transfer from North Catholic High in Philadelphia who has offers from schools across the nation.

Malcolm Gilbert: A 6-10, 200-pound center from Academy of New Church, Scout.com ranks him as a four-star prospect. He is more of a pure center than Christmas. Gilbert's game is mostly in the paint. He is also drawing interest from dozens of programs.

Desmond Hubert: A 6-8, 190-pound big man from New Egypt (N.J.) High. He already hold offers from Maryland, Pitt and Villanova, among others. He is a natural shot-blocker and strong rebounder who figures to add bulk to his lean frame.

CLASS OF 2012

Savon Goodman: A 6-6, 175-pound wing from Academy of New Church. Some services rate Goodman as the top player in his class. He is a strong shooter and can take the ball to the rim. He'll team with Christmas and Gilbert to form what may be the best frontcourt in the nation.

Amile Jefferson: A 6-6, 170-pound wing from Friends Central in Wynnewood, Pa., Jefferson is a five-start prospect as rated by Scout.com. Scout's Dave Telep ranks him as the No. 5 player in his class.

-30-


Fight On State Top Stories