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Staten weighing his options

Penn State basketball had expected to get a boost from Dayton transfer Juwan Staten in the 2012-2013 season, but after head coach Ed DeChellis made the move to the Naval Academy last week those plans are now up in the air.

Staten will visit Louisville and Texas.

"We’re just kind of opening up his recruitment, but we’re not definitely ruling out Penn State," said Staten's father, Bill Staten. "Any time there’s a change in coaches, there’s a lot of uncertainty."

The elder Staten said that he knew Penn State's embattled head coach's future was uncertain.

“It was one of our concerns before he chose Penn State, but he said he was trying to get an extension and I guess that extension didn’t come," he said. "He had to do what he had to do. I can’t blame him.

“Nothing’s set in stone.”

Staten said that he has spoken with athletic director Tim Curley about the coaching situation, and Staten will still look at the Nittany Lions should they bring in an up-tempo head coach.

“There’s no particular timetable. Any new coach that comes in, there’s going to be a different philosophy," said Staten. "He may see Juwan differently because he didn’t recruit him.”

Since the coaching change, Staten has gathered interest from several schools. His father said that he will visit Louisville and probably Texas as well. The Longhorns have told him that incoming freshman point guard Myck Kabongo, No. 14 in The247, will likely go pro after just one season in Austin.

“We have to see which schools are the most interested so we can decide which ones we’re going to visit. There are definitely some pretty good schools that are very interested.

Stateen would like to make a decision in the next few weeks and enroll at the school of his choosing later this summer. editor Jeff Ermann contributed to this report.

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