CHAMBERS & PENN STATE SCORE KEY ’13 COMMITMENT FROM GENO THORPE
New Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers is actively preparing for the start of his first season in State College (PA) tipping off this weekend. The former Villanova assistant coach and head coach at Boston University is also working hard on the recruiting trail as he works to turn around the basketball prospects of the football-crazed school. That work paid off this morning with an early commitment from Class of 2013 guard Geno Thorpe of Shaler Area High School near Pittsburgh.
“Yes,” responded Thorpe enthusiastically when asked by NBE Sports if his commitment was official. “I wanted this to be my birthday present.”
Thorpe, who is celebrating a commitment and a birthday today, provided the Penn State community with a much-needed doese of good news during a dark week in the athletic department’s proud history with the swirling controversy surrounding the school and football program. Allegations of sexual abuse have been levied against former Joe Paterno assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and signs point toward an athletic department cover-up. Still, Thorpe is committed to the Nittany Lions and the program coach Chambers is determined to build.
“Pat chambers is a great coach and is looking to turn things around up there,” said Thorpe about why he chose PSU.
Thorpe also mentioned State College being close to home and the academic reputation of the school helping turn the tide for PSU when comparing to other options, which included Wisconsin and Pittsburgh.
Thorpe is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard who ran this summer with the NJ Playaz 16-U AAU program. He has the potential to be a high-flying back court player capable of highlight reel dunks. Thorpe is at his best with the ball in his hands and he shows both a high level passing ability and feel for the game. He will be an excellent piece for coach Chambers to begin building his program and Thorpe, who has long told NBE that playing where his family can see him play was important to him, feels the situation is best for him.
“It was just the right school for me,” he said.