Newbill led PSU with 17 points, six boards
PSU will face Siena in the second round on Monday
Nittany Lions advance to quarterfinals of CBI at Siena Monday, March 24
Postgame Quotes: Penn State 69, Hampton 65
Penn State closes regular season with back-to-back road games
A two-time Pennsylvania Class AAAA first-team selection, the 6-3, 180-pound Thorpe is a proven scorer and ball handler. One of the top Pennsylvania players in the class of 2013, he averaged better than 26 ppg in his final high school season. A true combo guard who will see time at the point-guard position, he combines effectiveness in the open floor and attacking the rim with a solid outside jumper and court vision. He is expected to challenge for playing time in a very strong Penn State backcourt.
"Geno is extremely athletic. He's got bloodlines in the Penn State family already, which is tremendous. He runs up and down the floor, is a really great finisher, excels in the open floor and is able to defend anybody one through three. He has a great mid-range jumper and is continuing to work on his three. We are going to play him at the point. He's a terrific combo guard."
A two-time Pennsylvania Class AAAA first-team selection (2012 & 2013) at Shaler High School...scored more than 1,000 career points in three seasons at Shaler...posted 26.3 ppg as a senior to lead the WPIAL in scoring as his team posted a 14-22 mark...named Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Mary Kline Classic after leading his team to victory with 20 points, three rebounds and three assists...a consensus three-star recruit among the national recruiting services...as a junior averaged 21.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.6 apg while leading Shaler to the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history...shot 55 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three as Shaler won its second consecutive section title and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals...selected among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fab Five boys high school players (2012)...played with the King James All Stars on the Nike EYBL circuit...earned an invitation to the Pangos All-American Camp where he finished 12th in total scoring (45 points), 15th in scoring average (11.3 ppg) and ninth in field goal percentage (77.3%) out of about 100 players invited to earn a spot in the Top 60 all-star game (2012)...averaged 17.5 points and four assists per game as a sophomore to earn third-team All-state honors and lead the Titans to a 22-2 record...attended Shady Side Academy as a freshman...chose Penn State over offers from Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Kansas State and Rutgers among others.