Watkins is not a 4, he is a 5.
I used to do a lot of business there. It's a very nice campus, on the northeast end of Tampa. I get the appeal.
There's no way Mahon loses his spot unless it is injury related. He was one of the better tackles in the nation over the first two months of the 2016 season.
Penn State was only undersized last season in the sense that they didn't have a backup 4 after Joe Hampton transferred. Mike Watkins certainly has good size at the 5, and next year the combination of Satchel Pierce and even Julian Moore coming off the bench will ensure they don't have to play a small ball lineup unless they want to. They'll also have Trent Buttrick available as a 4 so that they do not have to turn to Payton Banks or Davis Zemgulis when Lamar Stevens needs a breather.
As far as wing defenders are concerned, Josh Reaves and Shep Garner both had nice seasons on the defensive end. If Terrence Samuel returns, he's another option on the outside. I'm not worried about the defense there either. They face issues when their top defenders get in foul trouble, but that problem is not unique to Penn State by any stretch.
Your point about scoring is something all viewers likely agree with. The shooting must get better, otherwise teams will have too easy of a time defending Penn State. They also need to finish at the rim better, as they failed to convert too many good looks inside this season. The ability to score will probably define how far next year's team goes.
Do you think there is some sort of conspiracy or ulterior motive to there being a sizable contingent of Chambers supporters? Or have you maybe considered that others are a little more patient than you are? And that it's hard to draw parallels between this situation and any other ones?
It's almost as if context matters and that context is the reason Penn State is bringing Chambers back.
I can at least see the case for Nelson and Mahon because of injury questions, but to leave McSorley, Bowen, Cothran, and McGovern off of that list is pretty crazy.
You may be encouraged by his thoughts on the Purdue game.
I am not sure it is official yet (Jarvis Miller to linebacker is), but I have heard so many rumblings about it that I find it inevitable at this point.
Editing error on my part, every position had them but defensive end and defensive tackle. They've been added in at both of those spots.
It's the middle of the season, no team's recruiting trail is hot right now. This isn't like football. The team is playing, the recruits are playing, there is very limited ability for anyone to do a lot of traveling. Just not enough time.
There was buzz around him in spring practice, but he by all accounts had a poor training camp and got buried on the depth chart. Whether that was related to what ended up getting him suspended is anyone's guess, but it definitely seems like he is in the doghouse for one reason or another. He played here and there in 2015 on the second unit and as a field goal blocker, so it was a bit odd that he never appeared once in 2016. We'll see how things progress this offseason.
I think there are a number of us here that have that same feeling.
Agreed, it's not so much the release point as the starting point. This is how most kids shoot when they are young and really need to muscle the ball up to the basket. Some kids never get coached out of it, even when they clearly do not need to do it anymore, and that seems to be the case here. The rest of his motion is fine, so it's something this staff should be able to help him with.
He has the qualities of a late bloomer. I watched some tape of him playing summer league last year, and he definitely needs to put on muscle before he'll be ready for the Big Ten. Role-wise, he won't be asked to have much of a post-up game, so offensively the transition will be easier. But he's going to need to guard 4s and that's going to require him to have a base of strength that is just not there yet.
That said, he's fluid, passes well, and has a shot that is definitely workable. His ball handling looks like it will be good enough to allow him to attack the rim. There is something here.