•March 31, 2010 • 2 Comments
As if the rumors of a big BYU game weren’t enough, this just out of the a Cornell Blog that a game in Happy Valley against the Big Red is in the works/all but final. Although Cornell loses quite a lot of talent to graduation before next season, it is at least a well coached team with credibility and a name that people associate with winning basketball. The Big Red have had 3 straight 20 or more win seasons and that can go some ways when it comes to March, and in the very least, it isn’t another low mid-major team on the schedule. This very well could turn out to be a dud draw, similar to playing American this season after two NCAA bids, but there is still something to be said for getting a Cornell team to the BJC rather than a Slippery Rock.
Information will be posted as it is known.
•March 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment
So the offseason has started up and Penn State is out on the recruiting grind looking for some bodies to fill their 3 scholarships. Ed hasn’t disappointed and has already found the newest member of the squad. Tre Bowman, a 6’2 shooter from York PA an 86 on ESPN and the #92 shooting guard in his class. His school is the alma mater of Devin Ebanks, Antonio Pena(Nova) and Dan Jennings(Washington), Edwin Ubiles(Siena’s graduating leading scorer). His highlights show him to be a pretty good shooter with good hustle. If there is one thing Penn State needs right now it’s a good shooter to pick up where Babb left off. Bowman doesn’t seem to have any issue taking the outside shot and has a pretty pure jumper; so he seems to be a good pick up for a Penn State team that doesn’t have the luxury of a million people to offer too.
Bowman’s style of play really complements the driving ability of Taran and Talor so he could be key to any drive and dish opportunities Penn State might have. Bowman won’t need to shoot the same number of threes as Babb did a game, but if he can supplement the three-point shooting of Brooks, Battle, and Jackson it’ll be a big help. Highlights after the jump… Continue reading ‘Tre Bowman 6’2 SG –Your Newest Nittany Lion’
•March 25, 2010 • 2 Comments
You want some drama in next years out of conference schedule, you’ve got it. Sources very close to the basketball program confirmed today that on Saturday December 18th(Time may change) Penn State will travel to the Times Union Center to play BYU and Jimmer Fredette in a showdown in Albany of epic proportions. Three of New Yorks brightest stars will face off in the Times Union Center in Albany NY which is close to the hometown of star Cougar guard Jimmer Fredette and Penn State stars Talor Battle and Taran Buie. BYU and Penn State haven’t released their nonconference schedules, but BYU coach Dave Rose acknowledged last month that the Cougars were trying to get a game in New York so Fredette could play close to home his senior year.
“Former Bishop Maginn coach Rich Hurley said he’s been involved in talks about a possible BYU/Penn State game in recent days because of his connection to Battle. Hurley said he was asked to reach out to Penn State by Glens Falls Councilman-at-Large Dan Hall, who has been one of the leaders in the effort to bring BYU to Glens Falls.
Hurley said he made a call to Penn State earlier in this week. He said one day later he got a call from Penn State saying the schools had agreed to play, and asked him to contact the Times Union Center. Hurley said he was “99 percent” sure the game would be played.”
This is already in part of a OOC slate that has the following teams (see below). Maybe Ed isn’t going to sit back after all. Continue reading ‘Penn State to Play BYU in 2010’
•March 23, 2010 • 5 Comments
Ed is gonna take some questions today at 4PM. Most people assume it will be about the recent transfer surge and what the program has in mind to take care of what is left in its wake. Chances are Tim Curley will be there writing in his book of good ideas, drawing Unicorns and doing paint-by-numbers. It is a little suprising that they’re having a press conference about all of this since they’ve already had a official release, and that has made some people excited about the prospect of something bigger. It doesn’t seem very likely that anything really exciting is going down though. If Ed was going to leave, he would have mentioned that to Babb and Edwards before they left, assuming his presence was why they were leaving, but it’s a safe bet he is why they transferred. We’ll just have to wait 2 more hours and find out.
—————–Post Conference: Continue reading ‘Ed DeChellis Press Conference’
•March 22, 2010 • 1 Comment
For the most part the transfer party is over. When the cloud cleared Penn State was down four total players, but really only one contributor. The official word is Chris Babb and Bill Edwards will transfer, where to? Nobody knows yet, but that isn’t too important to Penn State in all honesty. Chances are Chris Babb will end up in a midwest school, there is a chance that New Mexico would take him after he originally verbal, but they may not have interest anymore. Bill Edwards doesn’t have any real plans at this point, but he should have good enough tape to gain some interest from a few mid major schools.
Andrew Ott and Adam Highberger will not come back after graduating this spring. Ultimately you can’t blame those two, Ott saw limited playing time and was battling a shoulder injury. Highberger saw no time and has bigger and better plans post college. While it was a tough pill to swallow, we wish all four of them the best of luck in their post Penn State/College endeavours.
Now that the tidal wave has past, it’s time to figure out what happens next, and what we’ve lost. Chris Babb obviously is the biggest loss, he hit 69 three pointers at 38.9% clip that made him the 6th best three-point shooter in the league. That being said, Babb had issues beating his man off the dribble and was prone (as all shooters are) to not hit the shot when it was needed most. I’m not suggesting that the team will be better off without Babb, he was a cornerstone of the future of this team, but in the bluntest sense Babb was a solid three-point shooter with solid defensive skills. He is replaceable if a recruit/transfer/underclassmen steps up their shooting and defense. Continue reading ‘Picking Up The Pieces’
•March 20, 2010 • 1 Comment
Everybody knew that Penn State was going to see some sort of roster change this offseason. The program had admitted that it was looking for a player or two for next season and was out heavily recruiting during the end of the Big Ten season. Generally, the feeling was that Andrew Ott would be one of those players. He is slated to graduate this spring and sees limited action, so it wouldn’t be a surprise or a huge loss if he moved on.
When the news came out yesterday that Chris Babb was leaving the team, it was quite the shock and a scary moment for anyone who knows a little Penn State basketball history. Babb was the 3rd leading scorer on the team, and really the only dependable 3 point shooter on the team shooting at a 37% clip. He also led the team with 81% free throw shooting. Overall Babb was seen as one of the cornerstones for the program over the next few years and would be one of the leaders on the team once the current junior class graduated. His transfer reminds us all of the mass transfers that happened at the end of the Jerry Dunn era/start of the DeChellis era.
“Mike Babb said his son met with PSU coach Ed DeChellis on both Thursday and today (Friday) to talk about the situation. Mr. Babb wished not to speak for his son about his reasons for the transfer. But it’s easy to speculate the Nittany Lions’ 11-20 season that included a 3-16 record against Big Ten competition certainly didn’t help. Texts and calls to Chris Babb’s phone went unanswered. His father said he didn’t want to talk about his transfer yet.
“Overall, Penn State’s a great place,” Mike Babb said. “We don’t have anything bad to say about it. But it is what it is. If Chris is going to do this, he has to do it at this point. He’ll have two years left.” Continue reading ‘Who wants to ride the Transfer Bus?’
•March 19, 2010 • 1 Comment
After 15mins of trying, I finally hit it. As far as the recent news that Chris Babb is transferring, check back soon for a complete reaction.