Even though the offseason has just begun, Penn State Men’s Basketball has been busy. Here are some of the events that have taken place as of late for the Nittany Lions.
Head Coach Pat Chambers gets an extension
The Penn State University Board of Trustees’ Compensation Committee approved a contract extension for MBB Head Coach Patrick Chambers, keeping him on the sidelines through the 2021-22 season. The terms of the deal will be released just as soon as they are officially agreed upon, but the framework for keeping Chambers in Happy Valley is now in place.
Chambers is entering his 8th season as the Lions Head Coach with quite possibly the highest expectations the program has seen in some time. Aside from winning the NIT Championship, Chambers, and his squad, achieved a number of successes last season.
Chambers won his fifth career Big Ten Tournament game, tying him for the most such wins in program history. His team also set the program record for the most conference wins in a season with 11.
Chambers looks to build upon the program’s successful 2017-18 season. He returns three starters and eight of 11 scholarship players from last season.
Myreon Jones, Jr. signs letter of intent to play at Penn State
Myreon Jones, Jr., a 6’3’’ 170 lb. “combo” guard signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Lions. Jones originally committed to Memphis in March, but de-committed about two weeks later. He did not take his official visit to Penn State until April 30.
Jones, a four-star recruit who ranks 81st nationally, had interest from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Virginia, all of which made the NCAA Tournament last year. The fact the Lions are not just competing nationally for recruits, but winning, is a sign the program continues to head in the right direction.
As a Senior at Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, GA, Jones averaged 19 ppg. He adds much-needed depth to a Lions’ backcourt which recently lost Tony Carr to the NBA and Nazeer Bostick, who transferred to St. Bonaventure.
Assistant Coach Dwayne Anderson joins Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova
Assistance Coach Dwayne Anderson left the Lions to take over as Director of Basketball Operations for the Villanova Wildcats, where he played for four years from 2005-09. Anderson was part of a Wildcats team that made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2009 Final Four.
As an assistant for Penn State, Anderson’s biggest impact was as a recruiter. He was heavily involved in the successful recruitment of former Penn State star Tony Carr, who is expected to be a first round pick in this summer’s NBA draft. Anderson was also the lead recruiter in the commitment of senior guard Josh Reaves.
Possible candidates to take Anderson’s place on the bench include current Director of Basketball Operations Ross Condon, as well as current assistants Jim Ferry and Keith Urgo.