Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:26 pm
By Matt Norlander
Fittingly, the previous post to this one here at the Eye on College Basketball blog is about Iowa State. Its coach, Fred Hoiberg, has come to a conclusion: he can't win in the grand scheme only by recruiting players from his primary base. No -- he'll take the misfit toys, too. And that's what he's done.
Winning in a BCS conference when you're a perennial program that lingers in the basement requires some jerry-rigging. You need to be able to bring in transfers with game and a chip on their shoulder, all the while knowing they've been humbled, too. New Penn State coach Pat Chambers is already hip to that, as it was announced Monday afternoon that D.J. Newbill, a Southern Miss guard who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in his 2010-11 freshman campaign, will become a Nittany Lion. In fact, he already is; per the AP, Newbill was on campus to attend the first day of classes Monday.
Newbill isn't from a BCS conference, like what Iowa State's done with Chris Allen and Royce White, but he's still a potential difference-maker in the Big Ten two or three years from now. Per standard transfer rules, Newbill will sit out the upcoming year, then have three years of eligibility in State College.
Newbill is from Philadelphia.
"D.J. will make an immediate impact on our program with his toughness, basketball IQ and work ethic," Chambers said in a statement. "It's great to get a Philadelphia kid that is passionate about Penn State basketball and wants to be here. We are very confident he will show that a Philadelphia player can have great success and an outstanding career at Penn State."
Despite being just 6-4, Newbill led the Golden Eagles in rebounding 11 times last season. It's only Chambers' first transfer, but Penn State's long needed to become a consistent player within the league. Perhaps the new coach will try to bring in another ringer or two in the next couple of years while he recruits the kind of players that have led him to land a BCS job.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:05 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
Today's rumors have turned out to be true. Pat Chambers of Boston University has taken the head coaching job at Penn State, succeeding Ed DeChellis in the position.
Chambers led the Boston University Terriers to the NCAA tournament as the automatic entry representative from the America East conference last season, in just his second year as a head coach. He previously served as Associate Head Coach at Villanova, where he took part in the Wildcats' 2009 Final Four appearance. He played point guard for Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Herb Magee at Philadelphia University.
Chambers had recently agreed to a contract at Boston University that extended through 2016. He led the Terriers to 21-win seasons in each of the two years he was in charge of the program.
Despite his short resume, Chambers has obvious ties to the relatively nearby talent pool of Philadelphia, where much of his early recruiting efforts should be focused. His relatively quick rise to a power-conference head coaching job began with an assistant's posting at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania in 1995. As an assistant coach of the Episcopal Academy varsity team in the late 90's, Chambers helped develop the talents of ACC stars Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington.
"I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Penn State family," Chambers stated in a press release issued by Penn State. "I'm looking forward to bringing passion, energy and enthusiasm to Nittany Lion Basketball. We will play a style, and bring an attitude, that Nittany Nation can be proud of."
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:18 am
Posted by Eric Angevine
According to a story posted overnight by the Associated Press, Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart has withdrawn his name from consideration for the open job at Penn State.
"There's just a lot of good things going on here at Duquesne, and it's just a good time for us," Everhart said. "It's become a real special place, and this is just the right thing to do."
Everhart, 49, has the Dukes in the thick of the hunt in the tough A-10 every season of late, and has three years remaining on his contract, which reportedly pays him $400,000 per season.
Attention will now turn to Milwaukee's Rob Jeter and Boston University head coach Pat Chambers, who have long been mentioned in the next tier of candidates just below Everhart.
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