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Penn State Basketball: Thorpe, Taylor Impress at Mary Kline Classic

by on May 06, 2012 10:15 AM

Running down the court in transition, Geno Thorpe saw a wide open hoop, paused, and began to run a little harder.

The extra burst of speed paid off with a thunderous dunk, putting an exclamation point on a good afternoon for one of Penn State's prized recruits.

Thorpe, a guard out of Shaler High School in Pittsburgh and a member of Penn State's 2013 recruiting class, made the trip across the state to compete in the Mary Kline Classic, a chariity all-star event held Saturday in New Jersey to raise money for cancer research.

"I think I played well," Thorpe, who finished with 13 points and nine assists, said Sunday morning. "I got my teammates involved in the game early and we won."

While many in attendance came for the likes of Princeton N.J. shooting guard Davon Reed, Thorpe's play turned heads.

"(Penn State coach) Pat Chambers is getting a heck of a player in Geno Thorpe," CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstien tweeted Saturday. "2013 combo guard will be a big hit in Happy Valley. Great get for Penn State."

Thorpe wasn't the only future  Lion in attendance, though. Penn State 2012 commit Brandon Taylor, from Tabernacle, Pa., also made the trip playing in the upperclassmen game. He played well, using his big body and skills around the basket.

"Another reason for Penn State fans to be excited?" Rothstien tweeted. "Brandon Taylor. A 6-7 forward that has solid girth and a capable touch. Solid addition four Nittany Lions."

For Penn State, the good news of solid play from two future Nittany Lions comes after a roller coaster week which saw former Duquesne commit Donovon Jack sign with Penn State and highly-touted recruit Sheldon Jeter take his talents to Vanderbilt.

"I'm sure coach Chambers and his staff are looking forward to hearing about both their performances," said Alex Kline, the event's organizer.

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