With two verbal commitments for the 2012 basketball class already on board, Penn State has refocused its sights on the 2013 class, as evidenced by an offer to Shaler (Pa) Area guard Geno Thorpe.
Thorpe, a 6-foot-3 point who compares his game to that of Russell Westbrook, has been speaking to Penn State recently and has good things to say about the Nittany Lions.
“I’ve been talking to Brian Daly a lot and also coach Pat Chambers, the talks are always good just talking about how great Penn State is,” said Thorpe. “I think Coach Chambers is a young coach who knows what he is doing and likes to get up and down the floor.”
Living in Pennsylvania doesn’t have any impact on where the junior will end up though, which can be seen with the schools speaking with the 175-pounder.
The Nittany Lions, as well as Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Kansas State, Ohio and Wisconsin have offered Thorpe, in addition to being in touch with Baylor, Marquette and Northwestern.
During 2010-11, Thorpe averaged 19 points and four assists per game for Shaler, helping the Titans to a 22-2 record despite being bounced in the second round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Over the summer, Thorpe played with the NJ Playaz AAU team, and really burst on to the scene, as the team traveled everywhere from Florida to Los Angeles.
“I think it was definitely one of my best summers yet. I think my strengths include getting my teammates involved before myself, as well as driving to the hole.”
The junior has three visits scheduled, including trips to Penn State on October 1, followed by visits to Kansas State and Wisconsin.