Penn State Basketball Recruiting : Trio of Top Targets Identified for Class of 2022

By Vincent Lungaro on March 25, 2021 at 8:33 am
Four-star Bellefonte forward Dereck Lively II is a priority recruit for Penn State and Micah Shrewsberry
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It hasn't taken Micah Shrewsberry very long to get things going on the recruiting trail for Penn State.

Shrewsberry reaffirmed an offer from Penn State to Class of 2022 center Dereck Lively II. From right in Penn State's backyard in Bellefonte, the 7-foot-2 Lively is the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 5 center in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings. 

Lively first received an offer from Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions back in April of 2019 and has since earned offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Providence, SMU, UCLA, Xavier and others. He's also recently received interest from Duke and Kentucky. 

In an interview with 247Sports, Lively discussed connecting with Shrewsberry since he became head coach. It seems like Lively will remain one of Penn State's top recruiting targets for 2022. 

“Since Pat Chambers has left I recently spoke with Micah Shrewsberry and we have had some good conversations, Lively said. "He told me I'm going to be one of his main prospects that he's going to recruit throughout the next upcoming year. I expect to develop a relationship with Penn State throughout the next couple of months.”

Lively also mentioned that he's had conversations with newly hired associate head coach Adam Fisher.

“I spoke with coach Fisher at the same time as coach Shrewsberry,” Lively said. “They're both great people and great coaches who win and that's a place I can see myself at.”

Playing for Westtown School in West Chester, Lively is 247's No. 2 player in Pennsylvania. 

Crystal ball projection for Philly guard Jameel Brown

Shortly after Shrewsberry's hire, Class of 2022 combo guard Jameel Brown decommitted from Purdue, where the Nittany Lions' head coach had served as Brown's primary recruiter for the Boilermakers. 

It seems Shrewsberry has continued his pursuit of the four-star prospect out of the Haverford School in Philadelphia. Penn State now sits in a strong position to land Brown's commitment. 

This past week, 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Dushawn London put in a crystal ball prediction for Brown to Penn State. Fellow 247 recruiting expert Jerry Meyer followed suit on Tuesday. Here's a short snippet of Meyer's scouting report on Brown:  

Quality length and strength for a combo guard who is capable of playing the one through the three. Not a vertical athlete put a power based athlete who also has a quick burst. Solid shooter from deep but shoots with a low trajectory that can lead to missing short. Has touch and craftiness going to the basket. Functional ball handler who can attack with either hand and utilizes changes of speed. Finds teammates off the dribble. Plays with composure and is ready to make the long pass and the well timed pass. Rebounds with strength and has strong hands. Has great potential as a defender because of his versatility, instinct, quick burst and sure hands. 

Brown is No. 134 overall prospect and No. 20 combo guard in the country for the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports Composite. In addition to Penn State and Purdue, Brown has offers from Auburn, Marquette, Massachusetts, Penn, Richmond, Xavier, among others. 

Another Oweh 

Another Class of 2022 guard, Otega Oweh out of the Blair Academy in New Jersey, also picked up an offer from Shrewsberry and Penn State in recent days. 

That name should be very familiar to Penn State fans, as Otega is the younger brother of former Nittany Lions defensive end, and current NFL Draft hopeful Jayson Oweh. 

Oweh is also a member of AAU powerhouse Team Final, which has helped produce NBA players such as Tyreke Evans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. 

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Oweh is a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 100 Class of 2022 player, per 247Sports Composite rankings.

Oweh is the No. 12 shooting guard nationally and the No. 4 prospect in New Jersey. He's also received offers from DePaul, George Washington, Nebraska, St. John's, Virginia Tech and others. 

He too spoke to 247Sports about his offer from Penn State and his initial conversations with the coaching staff. 

“Getting that offer was big. My brother went there so they have always been like family. He has really been hyping up his experience there, he loves that school. It means a lot that I have the opportunity to go there," Oweh said. 

“I spoke with the new head coach since they got a new coaching staff with coach Fisher and coach Shrewsberry. Coach Shrewsberry's message is that he has a vision for the program and he sees it by building around me and a couple other guys that might possibly go there on Team Final so he's just been saying that he has high hopes for the future.”

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