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Penn State Basketball: Philadelphia Guard Nazeer Bostick Commits To Nittany Lions

by on April 30, 2015 9:45 PM

Penn State's men's basketball program took a important step forward on Thursday night landing a verbal commitment from Roman Catholic guard Nazeer Bostick.

A 6-foot-5 product of Philadelphia, Bostick gives Penn State its first commitment of the 2016 class since forward Joe Hampton reopened his recruitment just days prior to the Big Ten tournament.

Bostick joins current Nittany Lion, sophomore guard Shep Garner, as the second Roman Catholic player to call Happy Valley home in the Pat Chambers era.

"They've got a real good coaching staff that has faith in me and I see the program is on the rise," Bostick told City of Basketball Love. "I decided tonight because it was the all-catholic banquet and I wanted to do it after the banquet was over, that's why I chose tonight."

Ranked No. 129 in the 247 Network composite rankings and 6th best in the state, Bostick entertained offers from regional schools such as Drexel, VCU and James Madison but had always been favored to land at Penn State.

Perhaps most importantly, the Bostick commitment continues the forward momentum in the race to land four star recruits Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens. Both are teammates of Bostick's and both are primary recruiting targets during a crucial summer for Chambers and his staff.

As an added twist, Carr and Stevens have frequently indicated a shared interest in playing college basketball together.

While it's hard to say how much the Bostick commitment impacts Carr and Stevens' future decision, it might have improved Penn State's chances.

Ultimately, Penn State's staff will still have to put in the long hours, but sometimes a player can be the biggest recruiting asset a team has to work with.

And for that, Bostick's commitment isn't one to overlook.

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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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