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Recruiting 2.0 [Penn State prospects]

Those are all fair points, and I’m certainly not saying it’s ideal that Trent is being asked to be our backup 5 and there doesn’t appear to be anybody else on the roster we can ask to play that position. But… i still maintain it’s not the end of the world, and plenty of teams have gone small and won a lot of games at this level.

I look at Houston two seasons ago. 33-4 record, ranked about 300th in effective height nationally. They went 6’7" and 6"8 at the 4/5 position most of the time, sometimes dropping down to 6’5" at the 4. One of the best defenses in the country, 1st in eFG%.

They were even smaller the year before, 6’6" and 6’6" inside for over 50% of their minutes, 13th nationally in defensive efficiency.

Also been good example of Iowa Stateand a few others that the last 5 years have won a lot of games while ranking very low in terms of height, nationally.

I don’t love the roster balance, but assuming we’re stuck with it for now, I don’t think it’s the end of the world either. If Dread and Lundy show up this season like I hope they can, we’ll provide some interesting challenges for opponents to deal with, too.


Other updates for the UncleLar™ Recruiting Matrix besides Casey Simmons to Northwestern and, of course, Valdir Manuel off the board:

Gabe Wiznitzer to Lousiville

Tyler Rice to William & Mary

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Recruiting updates, thanks!


2022 @TeamFinalEYBL guard Quadir Copeland just received an offer from Penn State, per source.

One of the biggest sleepers in the country regardless of class.

— Ari Rosenfeld (@ARosenfeldHoops) June 29, 2020

Good post, Craftsy!
I agree there are ways to play that minimize the lack of height at 5, and with the way PC likes to fill the roster with athletes, we’re in better position to really pressure the backcourt than we’ve ever been. We might be looking at this with a historical “rear view” view where lacking a true 5 would have been devastating because we didn’t have the depth of athletes at the other positions.

Still going to be tough in the BIG when it turns into a half-court slugfest… but it can be done.

Not sure where we’re tracking potential grad transfers but you have to think this could be one for the staff to look into. Paulicap’s an accomplished defensive player with 148 career blocks in 2.3 seasons. Won MAAC DPOY as a sophomore.


6’8" 220 from New York. Looks like he played 25 minutes a game and had foul trouble. 50% FT. No 3s, so not a stretch 4. I’d rather have Abdou, but would take him in a heartbeat if Abdou cant enroll.


Foul prone, horrible free throw shooter, cant hit the broadside of a barn from deep, playing for a low-mid major… would take him in a heartbeat.

That is how desperate we are right now :laughing:


Agreed the thing is…offense is not the problem with this roster at the moment.

Ummm, Paulicap would’ve been a nice addition if we were pursuing him back in March. The kid has the high motor Chambers’ covets, so he seems like a culture fit. His proven shot blocking, rebounding and athleticism at 6’8" is something clearly missing on PSU’s roster. This could be the lucky break the staff needed - Paulicap spent his freshman year in junior college at Harcum. The guy’s got a very interesting backstory.

“He just plays so hard all the time, and when you meet him, he’s just a special young man and very selfless,” Masiello said. “He’s everyone’s fan favorite. He’s infectious, and he’s probably the first player I’ve had that has more energy than I do. The way he is in the locker room, the way he is on the bus, he’s got a personality that’s bigger than 20 people. He’s probably the most independent young man I’ve coached. He’s a self-starter. He’s a self-motivator. He has great pride in everything he does. He’s really changed our program.

Here are his sophomore year highlights (Chambers might offer for the 3:28-3:55 sequence alone).

I’ll take whatever baggage you think he brings on offense. Looks to me like a guy who can clean up plays around the rim and catch lobs. He will definitely not command 29% of possessions like he did for Manhattan. He is foul prone, probably from how hard he plays, but so is Harrar. You’ll just have to live with the foul shooting, but it’s worth noting he was about 63% as an underclassmen. That’s definitely not horrible.


Thanks for the info. I knew absolutely nothing about him, I was just joking about that post… listing all of those negatives, and then saying he would be thrilled to have him made me chuckle, that’s all.

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His No. 33 is open. I’m sure Shep would be fine with that!

Would help our roster balance, would help defensively. I’d take him if he wants to come here for sure. I also don’t think he’ll be the last big/forward to enter the portal this summer.

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I wasn’t denigrating him. Just passing on info from his stats. I would prefer Abdou because we’d have him for 4 years and because I dont see JH and Pauly on the floor together. That would limit his ability to contribute. I’d love to have a high energy big rebounding and playing D like Pauly if he can fit into the team.

We can’t be selective, seems like a player we should be on if we get bad news about Abdou.


Why don’t you see JH and Pauly on the floor together?

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Neither one is a jump shooter, so you have 2 guys who both want to set up inside. That is not the offense that Pat has been coaching. They’d be fine together on defense tho.

I think JH can be a jump shooter. Hopefully he has
been working on that during the off season.

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Same as Zemgulis

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