Chambers Signs Four Standouts to NCAA Letters of Intent

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Nov. 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers has inked the highest-rated recruiting class in program history, signing four standout players to NCAA Letters of Intent to play for the Nittany Lions.

Nazeer Bostick, Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens, all products of Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic and AAU Team Final, along with Oak Hill/DC Premier export Joe Hampton will join the Penn State squad for the 2016-17 season. The group is touted as the sixth-ranked class in the country according to ESPN at the start of the day, which also ranked three of the individuals among their Top 100 players. 

“Today marks the culmination of three years of hard work and dedication by this coaching staff to building relationships with these players and their families,” Chambers said. “We are excited to watch these four guys come together and are impressed with their dedication to directing the course of Penn State basketball.

“All four believe in the vision we have for this program – in building it piece by piece and achieving success while earning degrees, developing men and serving our community. I want to welcome Nazeer, Tony, Joe and Lamar to the Penn State family.”

Nazeer BOSTICK | 6-4 | 170 | F | Philadelphia, Pa.

  • ESPN three-star recruit
  • ESPN No. 7-rated player from Pennsylvania
  • Led Roman Catholic to a PIAA AAAA State Championship with a 31-2 record his junior season
  • Third team selection to 2015 PIAA Class AAAA all-state team
  • One of three 2016 recruits from Roman Catholic (Lamar Stevens, Tony Carr)
  • Played with AAU team “Team Final”

Chambers on Bostick: “Nazeer’s nickname is “Horse” for a reason – he takes pride in doing the heavy lifting and the dirty work. He is the heart and soul of this Roman Catholic team, driven by being a fierce competitor with a tremendous amount of passion for the game.”

Tony CARR | 6-3 | 170 | G | Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Ranked No. 50 in 2016 ESPN Top 100 recruits
  • ESPN four-star recruit
  • ESPN top-rated player from Pennsylvania
  • Led Roman Catholic to a PIAA AAAA State Championship with a 31-2 record his junior season
  • First-team selection to the 2015 PIAA Class AAAA all-state team
  • Named 2015 PIAA Class AAAA player of the year
  • One of three 2016 recruits from Roman Catholic (Lamar Stevens, Nazeer Bostick)
  • Played with AAU team “Team Final” in which he led in assists and finished second in scoring behind fellow Penn State recruit Lamar Stevens 

Chambers on Carr: “Tony is the leader of his team – like a quarterback who is steady and poised while working to make everyone around him better. He can undoubtedly score, but his focus is on being a pass-first point guard and to create winning plays.” 

Joe HAMPTON | 6-7 | 275 | F | Mouth of Wilson, Va.

  • Ranked No. 98 in 2016 ESPN Top 100 recruits
  • ESPN four-star recruit
  • ESPN fourth-rated player from Virginia
  • Played two seasons at DeMatha Catholic
  • Transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) before junior season
  • Led Oak Hill Academy alongside current Penn State freshman Josh Reaves to a record-setting 47-1 mark the 2014-15 season
  • Played with AAU team “DC Premier”

Chambers on Hampton: “Joe is a skilled big man, who can shoot 3’s and also get inside. With a high basketball IQ, he simply has a knack for scoring and stretching the floor while playing hard at all times.”

Lamar STEVENS | 6-6 | 215 | F | Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Ranked No. 100 in 2016 ESPN Top 100 recruits
  • ESPN four-star recruit
  • ESPN No. 3-rated player from Pennsylvania
  • Played at Haverford during his sophomore and junior seasons
  • Earned third and then second team honors on the 2013 and 2014 PIAA Class AAAA all-state team respectively
  • Transferred to Roman Catholic for his senior season
  • One of three 2016 recruits from Roman Catholic (Tony Carr, Nazeer Bostick)
  • Played with AAU team “Team Final” in which he led in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots

Chambers on Stevens: “Lamar is going to thrive in the Big Ten with his talent and physical abilities. He creates a mismatch no matter who is guarding him and has the skillset to do a little bit of everything.”

The 2015-16 Nittany Lions open the season at 1 p.m. Saturday against VMI in the Bryce Jordan Center. The game marks a return to Happy Valley for Keydets head coach Dan Earl, who was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Nittany Lions. Tickets for the game can be purchased from GoPSUsports.com, 1-800-NITTANY or from the BJC Ticket Office on the day of the game.


 

 

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