Penn State Basketball Lands Third Top 150 Recruit In 2016 Prospect Joe Hampton
Penn State coach Patrick Chambers has long said that he simply needs a "yes" to get the program headed in the right direction and Chambers landed his third "yes" of the past year with the commitment of four-star prospect and 6-7 forward Joe Hampton on Saturday.
Hampton ranks No. 60 in the Rivals Top 150 and is the third commitment out of Penn State's last four to be rated within the Rivals Top 150 and at the four-star level.
While Hampton is Penn State's first commit of the 2016 haul, he will eventually join fellow Nittany Lion commits Josh Reaves, Mike Watkins, and Deividas Zemgulis in Happy Valley. Watkins and Reaves are both rated in the Rivals Top 150 at the 114 and 119 spots respectively. ESPN has rated both players in its Top 100.
If all four of Penn State's currently committed players sign on the dotted line come National Signing Day, this summer will be remembered as the most productive effort on the recruiting trail in program history.
Hampton is easily one of the highest rated players the program has ever signed although memories of the once committed Trey Burke will forever make the Nittany Lion faithful cautious about getting too excited too early.
Fans worried about keeping Hampton at Penn State should find comfort in two items. Both Hampton and Reaves recently transferred to traditional Virginia powerhouse Oak Hill Academy and Penn State's recruiting success is based on several commitments rather just a single player. In almost every respect it is easier to keep a recruiting class together that consists of talented players than it is to convince one good player he has made the right decision. That plus the fact Hampton will be playing alongside another future Nittany Lion should help keep both recruiting classes together.
Even if the program's history of hanging on to recruits has caused some to maintain a modest level of excitement, it certainly seems as though Chambers has been able to turn a corner on the recruiting trail in ways his predecessors so frequently failed to do.
The summer of historic recruiting may still have a chapter to add though as 2015 recruit and four-star prospect Levan Alston named the Nittany Lions among his Top 6 in the running to land his services. Alston is rated No. 105 in the Rivals Top 150.