First of all, I read your complaints and it is disturbing, and I want to yell at you. But the frustration of "inexplicable" losses is understandable when taken as individual incidents. Holistically, when looking at the where the "program" is at this juncture, it makes a ton more sense, but I still get the disappointment and angst you express. I think you are completely off base and prematurely impatient, and as you know have been arguing for patience. While I was stating the need for patience, I was not, in my own small pea brain, not cognizant (to me) of the "plan" Chambers was working to implement. I think I have figured it out. If I have it makes good sense, it will take more time, and hopefully (if correct) provide the results you want.
What I figured out is this: PC wants to have the same type of situation that Villanova has: ie players that stay for 3 or 4 years. Players that are good, that can improve each year, and that elevate the overall quality of play of the team. "One and dones" are out of the reach of PSU at this time. That still leaves a lot of quality players out there that can be considered, that would be capable of improving year after year for a 4 year period. He runs the Villanova style of offense. He is getting them to play the same style of defense. He needs to them to get better at it each of the next 3 to 4 years (Zemgulis MIGHT be a classic example if he becomes the shooter they thought he was by next year), while during that time he recruits at the same level that brought the Philly kids. The depth gets better. The kids already here get better, and more mature and stronger, and improve on the level of execution at both ends of the floor. THIS is year one of that starting to manifest itself.
Maybe, someday (I have said this previously), the "one and done" superstar picks PSU and the game changes. But as Jay Wright found out and has stated repeatedly, that really isn't "Villanova basketball", that it isn't what his program and his team and the university are about. I think Chambers wants to do the same thing and has been building towards it since he got to PSU. I think I understand what he is trying to accomplish (in the broadest sense) and it makes sense for PSU. A whole lot of good players, playing together and growing year after year, and consistently competing at a high level is achievable and sustainable.
Will they make the NIT this year? Maybe. But more importantly will they continue to grow, will they impress even if they don't win, and will it attract the recruits PC needs to keep his plan on track? That's what you need to worry about. IMO the Philly kids are fully invested. It will make a difference to those potential recruits considering PSU and should allow PC to continue building. PATIENCE!!!!