3-Star Combo-Guard Houston Mallette Commits to Penn State

By Nick Polak on May 15, 2020 at 8:45 pm
Penn State grabbed a three-star commit from combo-guard Houston Mallette.
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The Nittany Lions now have the second member of their 2021 recruiting class joining power forward TaQuan Woodley who committed earlier in the week.

The Lions first offered Mallette in October of 2019, and he made his first visit to Happy Valley a month later in early December. He also received an in-home visit from Pat Chambers and Keith Urgo in January before the shutdown due to the pandemic.

The Mallette File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6'5/170 lbs.
  • Pos: CG
  • School: Pacifica Christian (Newport Beach, CA)
  • 247Sports Rating: ★★★ (89)
  • 247Sports Rank: #18 CG

Along with the Lions, Mallette holds offers from several schools, including Eastern Washington, James Madison, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Montana, Pepperdine, Rice, San Diego, Santa Clara, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, and Washington State.

Though he is only a three-star on 247Sports, he is someone who would likely have been in line for a rise in the rankings as a result of the AAU circuit and skill camps. He was also ranked as the No. 10 junior in the state of California by Nothing but Net.

Here's what Nothing but Net had to say about his ranking.

Crafty and confident playmaker is an excellent student. Dangerous scorer when hot with passing skills to be a top-shelf table-setter. Averaged 16 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg and shot 40% from the 3-point arc.  Houston was an Orange County Register All-Orange County 1st team selection and 1st team All-San Joaquin League.

The extension of the dead recruiting in period surely affected his timeline and led to his decision to commit to Penn State. His coach at Pacifica Christian had the following to say about Mallette in an interview with Rivals.

"And he's also young, he just turned just turned 17 and played the entire season as a 16 year old. So I think those are a few of the reasons why maybe you may call him a sleeper but, Coach Chambers (and his program) are getting one of the top point guards in the country."

Mallette is the second commitment in the class. Neither he nor Woodley has a ranking on the 247Sports Composite (for now) so the Lions' class isn't yet ranked within the Big Ten or the country.

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