Campbell picks up offer on visit

Just two weeks after originally hearing from the Penn State coaching staff, 2014 Washington (DC) St. John’s College point guard Tre Campbell has been offered by the Nittany Lions.

The offer was extended on Campbell’s unofficial visit to State College on Tuesday, one that saw the rising junior take in all that Penn State has to offer.

“I toured the campus, saw a few classrooms, talked to the academic advisor, talked to all the coaches and watched some video,” explained Campbell. “I got to meet with a few of the current players, went out to lunch, then I went to the football stadium, and finally saw the Bryce Jordan Center.”

It was during the meeting with current Nittany Lions D.J. Newbill, Jonathan Graham, and Ross Travis that Campbell found out more about how Pat Chambers lets his guards play freely.

The initial point man in the process was Penn State assistant Eugene Burroughs, but the 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard connected with the entire staff.

“Coach Chambers is an upfront guy who really lets his guards play, I like coach, he has got that swagger about him,” laughed Campbell. “I liked the whole coaching staff, I knew coach Keith Urgo because he’s from D.C., he went to Gonzaga and I go to St. Johns, they’re our rival so he was talking some junk.”

St. Johns head coach Sean McAloon will be in his first year at the helm this fall, but knows Campbell and his guard’s style of play.

“Tre is a true point guard - he runs the show well, he can shoot and get into the lane - while defensively he straps up and pesters the ball really well,” said McAloon. “I think Tre does a good job recognizing when to shoot and when to get his teammates shots. He always seems to make the right play at the right time, whether we are up two or down two.”

While the class of 2014 prospect needs to work on his pick and roll game and the decision making coming off of ball screens, the effort to get better isn’t lacking.

“He wants to get into the gym all the time, he’s always texting me asking me what we’re going to be working on,” praised McAloon. “He’s a gym rat and he only wants to improve his game.”

Making the trip with his parents, Campbell said he has been hearing from the likes of Maryland, Georgetown, Villanova and Cincinnati, in addition to having offers from VCU, George Washington, Towson and Kennesaw State.

Playing his AAU ball for Team Takeover, the facilitating guard went more in-depth about his recruitment timetable.

“I want to go on a few more visits, and I’ll probably - I don’t know when I’m going to make a decision and commit. I mean it will probably be next year, but I really liked Penn State. My family and I are going to talk about everything, so I right now I don’t have any date in mind.”

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