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Penn State set to host hoops trio

Penn State will play host to a trio of basketball recruits this weekend when 2013 prospects Josh Hart and Kamall Richards, in addition to 2014 guard Tre Campbell take trips to State College.

All three have already visited the campus this summer - Hart was on hand for the Advanced Skills Camp while both Richards and Campbell made it up for unofficials. All have been offered scholarships by head coach Pat Chambers.

The No. 123 ranked prospect in 2013, Hart recently trimmed down his list to seven schools, including the Nittany Lions among Cincinnati, Arizona, Memphis, Miami, Villanova and Rutgers. He has since removed the Bearcats and Tigers from the list, leaving five schools who will all receive official visits. The 6-foot-4.5, 196-pound wing has been at Villanova since yesterday, and will make it to State College tomorrow.

Hart is looking to see how the Penn State community rallies in support of their university on this weekend.

“I love the coaching staff, I feel like their staff is one of the best in the country,” said Hart earlier this month. “They’re just really high character guys who will really turn the program around. I also love the campus. It is beautiful, and the academics of Penn State are great; you’re going to get a great education.”

Following the Penn State visit, Hart has a trip to Rutgers next weekend, Miami at the end of September and Arizona at the end of October.

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While Richards might not be as familiar of a name for Nittany Lion fans, he played for the ECE-NJABC AAU program this summer - the same squad current verbals Julian Moore and Isaiah Washington ran with.

“Kamall is an athletic wing who can really shoot, he’s also a great defender,” said ECE-NJABC coach Terrell Myers. “He really improved his shot this summer, and playing the wing for us he created some real matchup problems.

“He was able to drive on smaller defenders, but really made bigger guys pay when he took them outside. Kamall can heat up and drop 12-15 points on a team before they realize what hit them.”

Suiting up with nationally ranked St. Benedict’s (N.J.) during 2011-12 high school season, Richards was utilized in a rotation on the wings and down low for the Gray Bees, who made it to the ESPN National High School Invitational tournament at the end of the season with a 33-2 record.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound small forward reclassified to 2013 and will be taking a prep year this upcoming season at South Kent (Conn.) School.

“He took the post grad year to just mature a bit more,” said Meyers. “He will be able to step right into a college program and contribute his freshman year rather than having to take those three to four months to get acclimated.”

Richards already visited Penn State earlier this summer and is coming back for an official this time around. The 2013 product holds offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Temple, Xavier and Mississippi State, among others.

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Despite being the lone underclassman visiting this weekend, Campbell will be getting his first taste of a football game at Beaver Stadium.

Having visited earlier this month and walking away with an offer, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound junior had nothing but positives to say about his first trip to Penn State.

“Coach Chambers is an upfront guy who really lets his guards play, I like coach, he has got that swagger about him,” said Campbell earlier this month. “I really liked campus too it was nice up there, the rest of the coaching staff and guys on the team were cool too.”

Playing in the same Team Takeover AAU program as Hart, the two were going to take the trip together before the senior made his visit official. Campbell is a heady point guard who is always looking to get his teammates a good shot.

Campbell’s other offers include St. Josephs, VCU, George Washington and Towson, with interest from Georgetown, Cincinnati, Miami, Maryland and Villanova.

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