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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Host Advanced Skills Camp; Frazier, Battle Get Opportunities

by on July 02, 2012 6:17 AM

Penn State hosted talented prospects from around the nation this past weekend as part of the Nittany Lions Advanced Skills camp at the Bryce Jordan Center.

“We’re going to teach you the Penn State basketball way.” coach Pat Chambers told campers. “Work hard and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

While Chambers and his staff worked tirelessly over the span of two days to improve the skills of each camper, several top prospects on the Nittany Lions’ radar were in attendance as well.

Akolda Manyang, a 7-foot athletic talent from Duluth, Minn., put on an impressive display of shooting ability and footwork, knocking down several jumpers and accumulating five blocks during a brief scrimmage Friday night. Manyang would join Philadelphia small forward Brandon Austin and Pittsburgh native guard Geno Thorpe as a member of Penn State’s 2013 haul.

Leo Svete, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Granger, Ind., made his second trip back to Happy Valley looking for a scholarship offer. The pure outside shooter put together a solid performance displaying his ability beyond the arc. Svete is currently being courted by several mid-major programs but could fit the desperately needed role as an outside shooter for the Nittany Lions.

“Coaches said I needed to be less unselfish. I was trying to show them what I was capable of,” Svete said. “We’ll have to wait and see what they think.”

Germantown Academy forward Julian Moore, from Fort Washington Pa., also made the trek to State College to show off his physical ability. The 6-foot-9 forward was impressive on the glass and showed potential shooting the ball from outside the paint.

In other news:

  • Only a couple of weeks removed from attending Deron Williams Skills Academy, Penn State senior guard Tim Frazier told reporters that he has been invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor,” Frazier said. “I’ll be there from July 6th until the ninth.”

The LeBron James Skills Academy hosts the nation’s top 80 high school players and top 20 college players.

  • While Frazier is working in Las Vegas, former Penn State teammate Talor Battle will be testing the NBA waters playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in summer league action in Las Vegas as well.

"I'm going to play as hard as I can and showcase myself," Battle said in an interview with the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. “I believe I can play in that league. I have an opportunity, so let's see how it goes."

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