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Nov. 13, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Patrick Chambers, head coach of the Penn State men’s basketball team, announced Wednesday the signing of Shep Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and Isaiah Washington (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) to NCAA National Letters of Intent beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Garner is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard who ran the point for both his high school team Roman Catholic and Team Final during AAU play. Nike EYBL Finals advanced to the semifinals of the Peach Jam with the help of Garner’s 8.7 points, 5.5 assists and four rebounds per game.
“Shep is a tough-nosed guard who is used to competing at a high level,” Chambers said of the Philly product. He will bring a winner’s attitude to our program, along with his ability to lead, run a team and knock down shots.”
Washington, a 6-3, 180-pound combo guard, was an integral member of the 2012-13 Williamsport team that finished 23-3 with a district title. The combo guard has started each of the last three seasons, averaging 16.6 points per game as a junior. A former AAU teammate of PSU freshman Julian Moore, Washington spent the last several seasons with We R 1.
“Isaiah is an elite-level athlete who can do it all,” Chambers said. “He can really shoot the ball, as well as fill the lanes for some big-time finishes. He plays with high energy and we are looking forward to his athleticism and toughness on the defensive end.”
The Pennsylvania-bred duo could bring the number of in-state players on the Nittany Lion roster to eight next season, six recruited by Chambers and his staff since taking over in 2011.