Tag:Penn State
Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 1:49 pm

Juwan Staten finally decides on West Virginia

Posted by Jeff Borzello

West Virginia has had good luck with transfers and Twitter.

First, La Salle transfer Aaric Murray announced on Twitter back in early May that he would be attending West Virginia.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers struck again. Former Dayton transfer Juwan Staten, who had committed to Penn State before Ed DeChellis left for Navy, decided to head to Morgantown to play under Bob Huggins.

“After this long wait I have finally decided where I will finish out my collegeiate basketball career,” Staten tweeted. “West Virginia University!”

Staten, a 6-0 point guard from Ohio who played at Oak Hill Academy (Va.), averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 assists during his freshman season at Dayton. He left the Flyers in late March, saying he did not feel the program was the right fit for him.

One month later, he announced (also on Twitter) that he would be attending Penn State. When DeChellis surprisingly left the Nittany Lions for the vacant head coaching position at Navy, Staten immediately opened his recruitment.

Staten will sit out next season, along with Murray, but will have three years of eligibility remaining at West Virginia.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:05 pm

Pat Chambers leaves Boston for Penn State

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."

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:18 am

Everhart withdraws from Penn State search

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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Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:17 pm

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

Posted by Jeff Borzello

In a shocking coaching move, Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving the Nittany Lions for the vacant coaching job at Navy, sources confirmed to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

The story was first reported by Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com.

DeChellis will replace Billy Lange, who left to become the associate head coach at Villanova.

"It's been a very, very dificult weekend for me and my family. If I break down, there's good reason for that," DeChellis said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "Penn State is a special place for me and my family, but I found another special place in the U.S. Naval Academy." 

By leaving Penn State, DeChellis leaves a bigger conference, a bigger school – and a bigger paycheck. David Jones of The Patriot-News reported that DeChellis was making $650,000 at Penn State, but will dip down to $450,000 at the Naval Academy.

"This is a great job ... a Big Ten job with Big Ten facilities. We've got all the bells and whistles," DeChellis said. "But to me, it's not about the bells and whistles. It's not about the large arenas anymore."

DeChellis went 222-232 in eight seasons at Penn State, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time this past March.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 4:36 pm

Penn Staten: Dayton transfer big for PSU

Posted by Eric Angevine

Buried in Friday night's sports news was a very interesting tidbit. The Dayton Daily News reported that point guard Juwan Staten, who played his freshman season for his hometown Dayton Flyers, will transfer to Penn State next season.

I had openly wondered this week exactly how Ed DeChellis expected to hold on to his job in State College with both Talor Battle and Taran Buie on the way out, and this is at least part of the answer. Staten's light has been at least somewhat hidden under a bushel during his one season with the 2010 NIT champs. Had the Flyers delivered on their promise and made a run to the NCAA tournament this season, perhaps this move never would have occurred. Instead, Dayton went 7-9 in league play, lost to Richmond in the A-10 championship game, and failed to even win one game in the NIT. Following that dispiriting end to the season, head coach Brian Gregory was rather bafflingly given his ticket to the big time, hired to take over for fired Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech.

Don't misunderstand the impact of that last sentence, either. Staten didn't leave because his coach left. There were rumblings all season long that the star guard and his father were unhappy with the way Gregory was handling the team. This was a fait accompli, likely long before the season ended.

So who is this Staten kid? A former top-50 recruit who grew up in Dayton, Staten was hotly recruited, but gave his allegiance to his hometown program. He averaged 29.1 minutes, 8.5 points and 5.4 assists per game last season. The huge, glaring weakness in his game was shooting. His .15 three-point percentage contributed to a miserable 38 percent from the floor overall.

So, Dayton was no picnic, and Staten wasn't quite as good as he should have been. Let's call this a no-fault divorce and move on. Why Penn State? The answer to that question is still a mystery. Staten's comments to the Harrisburg Patriot-News seem to be a little out of synch with reality.

“Me and my AAU coach and father and mother all got together to try to find a school with a style that played like I play," Staten said. "A school that would be a good fit for me. ... They play fast and play loose, and the coach allows them to play their game.”

The Daily News refutes that assertion fairly well.

If Staten is looking for a fast pace from the Nittany Lions, he’ll likely have to speed them up himself. Coach Ed DeChellis’ team averaged just 63.1 points last season, the lowest output in the Big Ten.

Staten had interest from Louisville and also looked into transferring to Cleveland State. The former top-50 national recruit might have some competition at point guard for Penn State, though. Tim Frazier, who finished fourth in the league in assists at 5.1 per game, will be a senior when Staten becomes eligible.

Clearly, question marks abound here. If DeChellis makes it to his tenth season at PSU, he could have his hands full trying to incorporate Staten into his program, and dealing with the Staten family dynamic sounds challenging as well.

Nonetheless, Staten is a quality player who will be able to energize the fan base when he steps on the floor. He clearly has chops as a scorer and distributor, and a year off to learn under the new regime could cure his shooting form and selectivity. His choice of Penn State as a new home is a tad baffling (OK, a lot baffling), but it's a shot of positive news at a time when Ed DeChellis and Nittany Lions fans can really use some.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Troubled Buie leaves Penn State

Posted by Eric Angevine

Taran Buie has left the Penn State program and will transfer to another university, according to the PSU student newspaper the Daily Collegian.

If you're sitting there, thinking back to Penn State's second round loss to Temple, trying to remember when Buie was on the floor, don't bother. In reality, Buie checked out on the Nittany Lions almost as soon as he set foot on campus. The younger half-brother of PSU star Talor Battle was the highest-rated recruit of Ed DeChellis' career, but his head never got on the same page with his body during a tumultuous and curtailed freshman season.

Buie was cited by local law enforcement twice over the summer, once for underage drinking and once for fighting. Not really uncommon behavior for a college kid, really. Then came a violation of team rules that resulted in his suspension from the team on December 27. Buie never came back from that forced time off, and tacked on a disorderly conduct citation on February 28.

Apparently, not even Buie's talent, which had him rated as one of the top 100 players in his class by some scouts, could save him from his poor off-court behavior.

“I met with Taran following the conclusion of the season and we agreed it was in his best interest and in the interest of our program for him to pursue the remainder of his career at another school,” DeChellis said in a statement released by the PSU athletic department.

Buie, like Battle, is from upstate New York, but there has been little indication whether he'll look to transfer closer to home, or simply look for a program with the right fit and - shall we say - a somewhat less vigilant reputation?

Buie left himself very little opportunity to prove his gifts to any future suitors. In 11 games, he averaged 15 minutes and 5.8 points per game. His best performance was a 14-point effort against Central Connecticut on November 22.

This leaves DeChellis in dire straits again, even though Buie was not producing on the court. Losing Battle and Buie in the same season makes him, once again, a coach without a clear direction for his program. The recent NCAA appearance was the first in DeChellis' eight-year tenure in State College, but that one loss - to an in-state rival, no less - likely won't be enough to grant DeChellis a tenth season should his team fall apart in 2011-12.
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 5:30 pm

Counting down the top 10 moments

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Monday night’s title game between Connecticut and Butler ended the 2011 NCAA tournament on a somewhat sour note, as Butler had a historically bad shooting night and neither team was particularly impressive for 40 minutes. This year’s Big Dance, though, was a lot more than just the national championship game. The Final Four was the most unpredictable in history, with zero No. 1 or No. 2 seeds reaching the national semifinals for the first time ever. Two mid-majors reached Houston, including one that would not have been included in the NCAA tournament last season. There was Cinderella runs, upsets, buzzer beaters and outstanding individual performances – everything you could ask for in an NCAA tournament. When we reflect on the 2011 NCAA tournament, what moments will stand out? Here’s one man’s take.

10. John Calipari and DeAndre Liggins: The battle between Kentucky and North Carolina in the Elite Eight was one of the best games in the NCAA tournament. Big baskets by both teams, trash-talking from players, intensity all over the place. Up one with 35 seconds left, Kentucky’s DeAndre Liggins knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a four-point lead they would never relinquish. Liggins went over to head coach John Calipari, who hugged Liggins and gave him a kiss. Kentucky was going to the Final Four.

9. First day finishes: The first Thursday of the NCAA tournament is always must-see basketball. Last year was arguably the greatest first day in history, but 2011 gave it a run. Within the first seven games of the day, we had Butler senior Matt Howard’s game-winning layup against Old Dominion; Temple’s Juan Fernandez’s leaner to beat Penn State; and Richmond’s Kevin Anderson’s running fallaway with 18 seconds left to clinch a win over Vanderbilt. There were two other buzzer-beaters in that first set that we’ll get to in a bit.

8. Derrick Williams’ block: Similar to what he did against Washington in the regular season, Arizona forward Derrick Williams saved the Wildcats’ win against Memphis with his block of Wesley Witherspoon in the final seconds. It seemed as if Witherspoon had an open lane to the basket, but Williams stepped over from the other side of the basket to send Witherspoon’s shot the other way. Arizona would escape, 77-75.

7. Bradford Burgess’ layup: Down one with the ball under Florida State’s basket with 7.1 seconds left in overtime, everyone was curious what Shaka Smart was going to design. Bradford Burgess slid to the basket, though, getting a perfect pass from Joey Rodriguez and beating Derwin Kitchen for a game-winning layup. Florida State would fail to get a shot off at the other, allowing VCU to win, 72-71, and advance to the Elite Eight.

6. Title game guards: Connecticut’s Kemba Walker and Butler’s Shelvin Mack knocked down too many big shots throughout the tournament – we could make a top 10 of plays by just Walker and Mack. Walker scored 33 points against Cincinnati, 36 against San Diego State and hit a clutch step-back jumper against Arizona to help get the win against the Wildcats. On the other side, Mack simply refused to miss in the final minutes of games. He knocked down a huge 3-pointer against Florida with 1:21 left to give Butler a lead, then went on a tear against VCU in the national semifinals.

5. Demonte Harper’s jumper/Kenneth Faried’s block: This was another one of the fantastic finishes from the first Thursday. Trailing by two in the final seconds, Morehead State’s Demonte Harper hit a pull-up jumper from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds left to give the Eagles a one-point lead. At the other end, Louisville’s Mike Marra seemed to have an open 3-pointer to win it – but Kenneth Faried skied out and blocked the shot, preserving the first round’s biggest upset.

4. VCU beating Kansas: Everyone knew VCU needed to play the perfect game to beat Kansas. Well, the Rams weren’t exactly perfect – and they still managed to win by double-figures. They became the third No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, but they were the first team that needed to win five games in order to get to the national semifinals. Just three weeks earlier, people had been complaining that VCU was even in the NCAA tournament – Shaka Smart and company proved everyone wrong.

3. Arizona vs. Texas ending: Talk about a change of emotions. Texas led Arizona by two in the final 15 seconds, when Derrick Williams was blocked by Tristan Thompson. Jordan Hamilton called timeout when he picked up the loose ball. On the ensuing inbounds, Cory Joseph was called for a five-second violation – although the five seconds were only about four and change in reality. Arizona would throw it in to Derrick Williams, who finished a 3-point play to give the Wildcats a one-point lead. J’Covan Brown missed at the other end – Arizona would survive. Again.

2. Brandon Knight’s game winners: Both of Brandon Knight’s last-second shots could be top-five moments. In the second round, Knight drove the lane and made his only basket with 2.0 seconds left to hold off upset-minded Princeton. Knight was at it again in the Sweet 16. Facing top-seeded Ohio State, Kentucky was tied in the final 10 seconds. Knight drove past Aaron Craft and pulled up from the right elbow, knocking down a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to give Kentucky the win.

1. Pittsburgh vs. Butler ending: As soon as it happened, everyone knew it would be the defining moment of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Andrew Smith gave Butler a one-point lead with 2.2 seconds left on a layup. On the ensuing desperation play, Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown was bumped out of bounds by Shelvin Mack. Brown went to the free-throw line, making the first. He would miss the second free throw, with the rebound falling in the arms of Butler’s Matt Howard. When Howard tried to turn and heave it towards the other end, Pitt’s Nasir Robinson barreled into him, committing a foul 90 feet from the basket. Howard would hit the game-winning foul shot and send top-seeded Pitt packing.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 5:11 pm

Two to tango: Moore, Fernandez sink Penn St.

Juan Fernandez celebrates his game-winner over Penn State

Posted by Eric Angevine

We all knew Ramone Moore could score. The Temple junior accepted the challenge of playing an extended game of H-O-R-S-E with Penn State's do-it-all senior Talor Battle, scoring 23 points on a variety of backdoor cuts and crafty moves to the hoop.

Battle, who averaged 20.1 points per game this season for the Nittany Lions, matched Moore's output perfectly, also dropping in 23, including a seeming game-winner from the parking lot with 11 seconds left in the game.

But it takes two to tango, and nobody knows that better than Argentina native Juan Fernandez. The real forbidden dance was created in Buenos Aires, after all. With the game on the line, the junior calmly dribbled down the court, moved inside the arc with a defender on his right hip, and stepped through to put up the buzzer-beater to move his Owls into the third round with a 66-64 final score.

With that bucket, Fernandez tied Moore and Battle for game-high honors, tallying a 22nd and 23rd point for himself. It was a somewhat surprising outburst for a player who had seen his scoring average drop to 10.7 points per game this season as he concentrated on distributing the ball more.

Battle, well-accustomed to doing most of the work himself for the Nittany Lions, had plenty of help as well. Tim Frazier and David Jackson went a combined 3-6 from deep to add 29 points for Penn State. PSU coach Ed DeChellis was forced to scramble in the second half when big man Jeff Brooks dislocated his shoulder on a block and was unable to return.

Temple advances to the first weekend for the first time under Fran Dunphy, and awaits the winner of the No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado matchup to be played today. Amusingly enough, the last time the Owls advanced, under John Chaney in 2001, they beat Penn State to advance to the Elite Eight.

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