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Dan Smith

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Conshohocken, PA (via West Chester, PA)

Member since 24 July 2016 | Blog

Dan Smith is a staff writer at Roar Lions Roar, covering Penn State basketball and football. He is a 2013 graduate of Penn State with a degree in journalism. Prior to his time at Roar Lions Roar, Dan wrote for Black Shoe Diaries, cover32, and Buzz on Broad, and was the executive editor of ComRadio.

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Comment 23 Mar 2017

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.

Comment 15 Mar 2017

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.

Comment 13 Feb 2017

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.

Comment 13 Feb 2017

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.

Comment 09 Feb 2017

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.

Comment 09 Feb 2017

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.