Penn State Basketball Recruiting: Lions Look To Build Their 2022 Class

By Joel Neuschwander on April 29, 2021 at 8:00 am
Five-star Class of 2022 prospect Jalen Washington

Micah Shrewsberry and Penn State found themselves busy on the recruiting trail early this week, sending out a flurry of offers to prospects in the Class of 2022.

Among the players to receive an offer from the Nittany Lions in the past several days is five-star power forward Jalen Washington.

Washington is the No. 20 overall prospect in his class and the No. 4 power forward according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The Gary, Indiana native also holds offers from his home-state Hoosiers and Boilermakers, as well as Duke, Michigan State, and Louisville, among others.

Former 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Snow (who was recently hired as Penn State men's basketball Director of Recruiting) wrote this scouting report on Washington:

Has ideal combination of size, length, skill and athleticism at the forward position. Has a huge wingspan and great hands, A new age power forward with tremendous upside. Can make shots from three, score down low or create off the dribble, A do-it-all player. A tremendous rebounder and someone who should be able to defend all over the court. He has to continue to get stronger and more consistent with his motor, but the physical tools and skills are there for him to be an elite prospect.

Shrewsberry also extended an offer to a trio of four-star 2022 prospects from the DMV: combo guard Judah Mintz, point guard Dug McDaniel, and small forward Cam Whitmore.

Mintz (who was initially offered by Patrick Chambers) and McDaniel both rank as top 100 players nationally in the 247Sports composite, and Mintz ranks as 247's No. 1 prospect in Washington, D.C.

After three years at Gonzaga College High School in D.C., the 6-foot-3, 165-pound Mintz will play his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, a school with notable NBA alums like Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo, as well as Penn State great Josh Reaves

McDaniel, the No. 80 overall prospect and No. 4 player in Virginia, has been recruited heavily by Michigan, Florida, and VCU. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound guard hopes to commit "soon", according to an interview with recruiting website Stockrisers.

Whitmore, the No. 24 small forward nationally and fifth-ranked player in Maryland, holds offers from Maryland, Florida, UConn, LSU, and others.