After a few months of planning, 2013 Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn guard Leo Svete made the long-awaited trip to State College earlier this week for an unofficial visit.
Svete was at Penn State earlier this week.
Making the drive from Indiana, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard stopped by Bowling Green on the way over before arriving at Penn State on Monday evening. Tuesday began a day packed with activities all over campus.
“I loved it up there, the campus was big but it was great,” Svete recalled. “I was able to meet with the academic advisor, the strength coach, it was a good experience.”
After touring all of the facilities with the assistant coaches, the rising senior met with star guard Tim Frazier to shoot around, followed by some three-on-three pickup games.
“On previous visits I’ve been on, when I played pickup guys on other teams, they don’t really try that hard,” explained Svete. “I had D.J. (Newbill) guarding me, I literally was hammered every time off a screen, it was the most physical game I’ve ever played.
“We probably played nine games, and afterwards he (D.J.) put his arm around me and told me ‘This is what its like in the Big Ten, it is a very physical conference and you get hit all the time.’”
Unfortunately, the visit coincided with the passing of Patrick Chambers’ father, meaning the guard did not get to meet the new head coach, but has been in contact with Chambers over the phone.
Last night at midnight kicked off the rule change enacted by the NCAA, allowing college coaches to send unlimited text messages and place unlimited phone calls to players who have completed, or are on the verge of completing their sophomore year of high school.
Svete didn’t walk away with a Penn State offer, but has recently fielded interest from Boston College, Toledo, and Boston University, and is waiting to see who comes calling now that the new contact rule is place. The shooting guard currently has offers from the likes of Bowling Green, Bucknell and Tulsa, among others, and will be camping at Penn State in two weeks time.