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Penn State Basketball: Small Forward Officially Signs With Nittany Lions

by on April 10, 2012 9:28 PM

UPDATED@ 2:15 p.m.

In front of and friends and family, 6-foot-3, 185-pound small forward Akosa Maduegbunam made his commitment to Penn State official Wednesday afternoon, signing his letter of intent at Charlestown High School in Massachusetts.

He is the first player to commit under Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers and one of two recruits who will  join Penn State in 2012.

Brandon Taylor, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from Tabernacle, N.J., signed his letter of intent on Nov. 9, 2011, during the early signing period.

EARLIER @ 10 p.m., Tuesday

Penn State recruit Akosa Maduegbunam confirmed Tuesday that he will sign his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m at Charlestown High School in Massachusetts, becoming the second 2012 recruit to sign with the Nittany Lions under head coach Pat Chambers.

Maduegbunam, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound small forward who currently plays for Winchendon High School, was originally targeted by Chambers while at Boston University and took the opportunity to join him at Penn State, verbally committing June 29, 2011.

"[Wednesday] is going to be another significant and defining moment in my life," Maduegbunam said Tuesday night. "[Wednesday],  I'm signing a business deal with not only the Penn State men's basketball program, but the university itself.

"I want to be remembered as Coach Chambers' first recruit in his new era. He is a great role model to me and will help turn a boy into a man."

Maduegbunam was the first verbal commit of the Chambers regime but did not sign with the Nittany Lions during the early signing period, whereas fellow 2012 recruit, 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward Brandon Taylor, from Trenton Catholic Academy, signed Nov. 9.

Southern Miss sophomore transfer D.J Newbill then joined the Nittany Lions' roster in August 2011, but was required to sit out the 2011-12 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Newbill joins Maduegbunam and Taylor as one of three new players on the Nittany Lions' active roster.

Penn State still is looking to fill the created by the transfers of Trey Lewis, Peter Alexis and Matt Glover. Lewis confirmed Tuesday he will is headed to Cleveland State.

Sheldon Jeter, a talented small forward out of Beaver Falls High School in Pennsylvania, currently is a favorite to possibly fill one of those holes. However, the prized 2012 recruit is not expected to make a decision until later in the signing period, which ends May 16.

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