While this season hasn't gone as planned for Penn State basketball, Pat Chambers is still making moves on the recruiting front. Patrick Kelly, a 6-foot-7 combo forward from the Virginia Episcopal School, became his first 2019 commitment on Thursday afternoon. He announced his decision on twitter. Kelly was on campus this past weekend for the Rutgers game, and he also visited earlier this fall for the Michigan football game.
The junior is currently unranked by recruiting services, but that doesn't mean he lacks game. He chose the Nittany Lions over offers from Providence, Richmond, and UNLV, while he was also being courted by Ohio State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Georgetown, and Wake Forest. Prior to his sophomore year, Kelly moved across the country from Arizona to Virginia and enrolled at VES, a boarding school in Lynchburg, VA. He also joined Team Loaded VA, and ran with their 16U team on the Adidas AAU circuit this past summer. Penn State had extended an offer back in August following the AAU season.
Kelly has been heralded for his shooting ability, which has been a rare talent among Chambers' frontcourt recruits over the years. He will bring versatility with an ability to play both the three and four positions, but like all young players, he'll need to get stronger before playing in the Big Ten.
— Patrick Kelly (@pjk3500) February 1, 2018
With Kelly joining the fold one year after Rasir Bolton, Chambers continues to strengthen a promising relationship with one of the premiere AAU programs on the east coast in Team Loaded. That's an impressive sign for the embattled coach who only has one year left on his current contract.
As for the murky scholarship situation, that's still unclear due to the unknown status of Villanova football transfer, Kyle McCloskey. It's likely he'll be on scholarship at some point, but the Nittany Lions are already oversigned for next season. If there isn't a scholarship available, I'm guessing McCloskey will have to pay his own way during his academic year in residence before going on scholarship when he becomes eligible in 2019-20.