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Penn State Basketball: Four-Star Reaves Commits To Nittany Lions

by on July 01, 2014 11:00 PM

Penn State basketball picked up a huge commitment late Tuesday night when four-star shooting guard Josh Reaves verbally committed to head coach Patrick Chambers and his staff.

Reaves, who attended Penn State's skills camp this past weekend picked the Nittany Lions over the likes of Georgetown, Villanova, Maryland, Temple and VCU.

At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, the Fairfax, Va. native joins fellow four-star 6-foot-8 forward Mike Watkins and 6-foot-6  talented shooting forward Deividas Zemgulis in Penn State's 2015 haul. All three were impressive at Penn State's skills camp, a good sign for Chambers and company. This is especially true for Watkins who has seen his stock skyrocket over the past six months. 

Quietly, Chambers has been banking on the results of the 2015 recruiting class to help move the program to where he thinks it can be. The skill level of Watkins, Reaves, and Zemguils is a substantial improvement in terms of the prospects Penn State has traditionally pursued. If nothing else the presence of higher-rated prospects begins to legitimize the thought that Penn State is itself a legitimate destination for talented players. 

More importantly for Penn State's progress, a strong 2015 class coupled with the roster they will likely join in 2015 gives Chambers overlap between two recruiting classes and -- at least theoretically -- more momentum.

Assistant coach Dwayne Anderson gets the majority of the credit for the recruitment and commitment of Reaves. that's an impressive return on Chambers' investment after hiring Anderson less than a year ago.

As it stands today, Penn State has one remaining scholarship for the 2015 class, a unit that is currently ranked No.9 in the nation by the 247 Network.

In similar news, highly-regarded guard Shep Garner enrolled on campus this weekend and will start classes Wednesday. He joins JUCO transfer Devin Foster and fellow freshman Isaiah Washington as a member of the current incoming class.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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