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Re: Why Philly recruits bypass Penn State basketball

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Posted: 5/24/2011 6:22 PM

Re: Why Philly recruits bypass Penn State basketball 



NittanyLionFootballFreak wrote:
jcw203 wrote:

It comes down to PSU not recruiting in Philly as hard as they should be. Many of the kids from Philly want to get out of the urban environment they live in. PSU would rather go to Texas then hit the Philly, NYC, DC, and Baltimore markets.

 


Amen Brotha.biggrin I grew up in Chester and played Hoops with alot of D-1 recruits back in the day. Theres plenty of talent to go round In the Phila /Delco area as we speak and tons of PSU fans as well. You can still hit the Palestra and see Nittany Lion garb somewhere at every game. Its simply a failure of commitment imo to make noise and bring a strong presence to the Phila. area. I guarentee you if a big name coach with a national reputation coached the Nits and so desired to hit Phila , Blue chippers would line up strong with the likes of Pit, Nova, Yukon , UNC, Duke etc.   But my opinion couldnt  ever be tested without such a coach .
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Posted: 5/24/2011 7:05 PM

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blitzfactor wrote:
motion2 wrote:

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Suppose you were interviewing for an assistant coach opening at PSU.  The question in the interview is "What would you do to help recruiting athletes from Philadelphia and other urban area?"  What would you answer?  What could interest these athletes in our program?

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fantastic question

1) The Big Ten has been putting players in the NBA for generations

2) Early playing time and plenty of opportunity to grow, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, play against the best players in the country and not have to sit behind a laundry list of Mcdonald all americans.

3) We are building something special and you could be instrumental in that "something special".

4) If we achieve something special you will be thought in a unique way instead of just being one in a long line of great players that have rolled through a power program(s)

5) The Big Ten Network gives additional exposure.

6) World class university and education just in case you blow out your knee or aren't an NBA player for one of one million reasons

7)Philly is only 3 hrs away by car.

8)Some people may want to get out of an urban area. State College is certainly not urban

This one is a pet peeve of mine.  60%+ of NBA players go broke within 5 years of leaving the league.  Selling the value of a degree from a school like Penn State should be easier than it is.
Agreed, Penn State is a wonderful institution, but is it really enough to separate it from the other schools you have to recruit against? I mean, just thinking about the Big 10, if you're a committed student, serious about your education, you're going to get a world-class education regardless of where you go. Same with countless other schools, including some Big East and ACC foes.

It is a selling point, sure, but not one to tip the balance, IMO.

US News 2010 Big 10 rankings:

No. 12: Northwestern 
No. 27: Michigan
No. 39 (tie): Illinois
No. 39 (tie): Wisconsin
No. 47 (tie): Penn State
No. 53 (tie): Ohio State
No. 61 (tie): Purdue
No. 61 (tie): Minnesota
No. 71 (tie): Indiana
No. 71 (tie): Michigan State
No. 71 (tie): Iowa

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Posted: 5/25/2011 7:10 AM

RE: Why Philly recruits bypass Penn State basketball 


why not just hire away one of those up-and-coming coaches from a big 5 school?
..problem solved.

penn states almost has everything to be considered a 'sleeping giant' (arguably except tradition)
(imo, the admins should study UF's blueprint...and make it work in happy valley)
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Posted: 5/25/2011 12:06 PM

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mrgreenpants wrote: why not just hire away one of those up-and-coming coaches from a big 5 school?
..problem solved.

penn states almost has everything to be considered a 'sleeping giant' (arguably except tradition)
(imo, the admins should study UF's blueprint...and make it work in happy valley)

What Big 5 schools has an "up-and-coming" coach?  The closest thing to that would be Jerome Allen and Penn, and he still has a lot to prove before he heads elsewhere.
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Posted: 5/25/2011 12:52 PM

RE: Why Philly recruits bypass Penn State basketball 



Frats wrote:
mrgreenpants wrote: why not just hire away one of those up-and-coming coaches from a big 5 school?
..problem solved.

penn states almost has everything to be considered a 'sleeping giant' (arguably except tradition)
(imo, the admins should study UF's blueprint...and make it work in happy valley)

What Big 5 schools has an "up-and-coming" coach?  The closest thing to that would be Jerome Allen and Penn, and he still has a lot to prove before he heads elsewhere.
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