Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Set To Add Garner And Washington To 2014 Fold
It has been a long time coming for both of Penn State's 2014 basketball prospects, but Philadelphia native Shep Garner and Williamsport prospect Isaiah Washington are both set to make their verbal commitments official today.
Garner, signed his national letter of intent following class on Wednesday, Washington followed suit at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Garner held scholarship offers from a number of Division I programs including: Arizona, Florida, La Salle, Maryland, Memphis, Rutgers, St. Joe's, Temple, Texas. Garner committed while visiting Penn State for a skills camp.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Garner ranks as the 123rd best high school player nationally according to Rivals.com. Garner has all the tools needed to succeed in Penn State's guard-heavy offense. A good passer with solid defensive skills and a good mid-range game could make him a nice compliment to the roster when he joins in 2014.
“Shep is a tough-nosed guard who is used to competing at a high level,” Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers said of the Philly product. "He will bring a winner’s attitude to our program, along with his ability to lead, run a team and knock down shots.”
Washington gave Chambers his verbal commitment on April 1 of 2012, the first of the 2014 class.
“Isaiah is an elite-level athlete who can do it all,” Chambers said. “He can really shoot the ball, as well as fill the lanes for some big-time finishes. He plays with high energy and we are looking forward to his athleticism and toughness on the defensive end.”
St. Joseph's, James Madison and George Mason also had extended scholarship offers to Washington. Syracuse and Villanova had expressed interest in him as well.
"Washington is an extremely under-the-radar guard for the 2014 class,” recruiting analyst Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com said at the time of the commitment. “He is a lot like Penn State’s 2013 commit, Geno Thorpe, because he can run the point-guard position so well.”
Penn State still has a scholarship available for the 2014 class although no prospects seem to currently be at the forefront of Chambers' mind.