With one open scholarship to use on an incoming freshman in the class of 2019, Pat Chambers and Penn State can afford to be selective with their recruiting. With a glut of lead guards on the roster for the next two seasons, wings and bigs are the priority. Two Imhotep Charter (PA) teammates, forward Donta Scott and wing Dahmir Bishop, have had Penn State offers since June 2017. This week they gave Chambers cause for optimism that PSU's last scholarship can be filled by a highly-rated Philly product.
Scott followed up a class 4A title-winning season at Imhotep (where he ran the point all season) with a fantastic summer on the grassroots circuit for Philly Pride, the Under Armor-sponsored program that produced PSU sophomore forward John Harrar. His play earned him offers from Maryland, Seton Hall and Florida. Penn State hasn't been mentioned as much when Scott's name came up, but according to 247's Matt Vender the 6'6 combo forward will use one of his official visits on a trip to Happy Valley:
Scott told @OwlScoop_com that hell take an official visit to Penn State, although hes still working on setting up a date. Hes also hearing from Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Temple, Nevada, among others.— Matt Vender (@Matt_Vender) August 7, 2018
Scott is a three-star, top-175 recruit in the 247 Sports composite rankings. His range and athleticism at 6'6 make him a priority target for a number of programs:
Bishop's recruitment is a little further developed at this point. He had his own explosive summer campaign playing on the adidas Gauntlet with the Philly-based K-Low Elite, where he earned offers from Wake Forest, Texas, Xavier, Marquette, Florida and Pitt. On Monday Bishop cut his list to eight, which included Penn State:
A wiry 6'4 wing with deep range, it's not difficult to see why Bishop is a sought-after recruit. Myles Dread will be a sophomore and St. Bonaventure transfer Izaiah Brockington will become eligible for Penn State in 2019-20, but Bishop is a player that fits into most every program's depth chart from the get-go.