Coach Chambers Big Ten Media Day Roundup

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers, senior point guard Tim Frazier and junior guard D.J. Newbill represented the program at Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago.

Coach Chambers addressed the media on Thursday morning to provide the reporters with a look into the 2012-13 season ahead.


First Team All-Big Team
Fresh off a first-team All-Big Ten selection for his standout junior season, Frazier was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by a panel of conference media on Thursday morning in Chicago.  Frazier was tremendous last season, averaging 18.8 points per game and 6.2 assists.  The senior spent the summer refining his game, including trips to the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Deron Williams Skills Academy.  The entire Preseason All-Big Ten team consisted of Frazier, Preseason Player of the Year Cody Zeller (Indiana), Trey Burke (Michigan), Aaron Craft (Ohio State) and DeShaun Thomas (Ohio State).  Indiana was picked to win the conference.

Frazier Needs to Be a Leader
Coach Chambers addressed a question on what he is expecting from Frazier after a stellar junior campaign. Simply put, he wants the Houston, Texas, native to lead the Nittany Lions.

"I think the most important thing for Tim is to be a great leader," Coach Chambers said.  "I think we all know he needs to work on his jump shot, and he has done that.  In practice so far, he is shooting his threes at a very high clip, which is great for us - it almost makes him unguardable.  But it's off the floor.  It's in that locker room.  It's being the hardest worker on this team.  It's not getting caught up in the headlines, the blogs or the tweets.  It's to remain humble and hungry and grounded."

Challenging Big Ten
Following his first season in the Big Ten, Coach Chambers is looking forward to the challenge of his second year in what is expected to be one of the top conferences in college basketball.  Chambers loves coaching against some of the best mentors in college basketball.

"This league is just awesome," Chambers said.  "It is an incredible league, great coaches, adjustments on every timeout, at halftime...One thing that really stuck out is the great homecourt advantage most of the teams get in the Big Ten.  Everywhere we went was sold out."

Coach Chambers said winning on the road is important in year two of his tenure in the Big Ten.

"Winning on the road is huge," Chambers said.  "We didn't do it last year.  We are going to have to do it this year.  We are going to have to find a way, but it's that difficult.  Coming from the BIG EAST, there were some empty gyms, so you can find a way.  Here, it is very difficult."

One Week From Exhibition Opener
The Nittany Lions are nine days away from opening their exhibition season against Philadelphia University on Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.  Penn State returns nine lettermen and welcomes the debut of three freshmen and Southern Miss transfer D.J. Newbill.  The Lions had a very productive summer in the weight room and on the floor.  Frazier and the Nittany Lions return 70 percent of their scoring and 60 percent of the rebounding from last season.  The backcourt trio of Frazier, Newbill and junior Jermaine Marshall will be a fun group to watch.  Marshall is shooting at a superb clip from all over the floor during preseason practice.  The official season-opener is Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the BJC against St. Francis (PA).


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