Penn State Basketball Recruiting: Visits to Begin As NCAA Dead Period Ends

By Vincent Lungaro on June 2, 2021 at 10:57 am
A.J. Brown among several upcoming visits for hoops

This is where the fun begins. 

After a long wait, recruits will finally be returning to campus for Penn State basketball.

With the NCAA dead period coming to an end on Tuesday, Micah Shrewsberry and his staff will be able to host recruits for official visits. 

Let’s round up the latest news on who’s set to visit in the near future and other updates on the recruiting trail. 

Upcoming Official Visits
One of the first offers the new staff made back in early April was to ’22 four-star shooting guard A.J. Brown out of Orlando. 

He’ll be on campus for an official visit on Wednesday. 

According to 247Sports Composite, Brown is the No. 16 player in Florida and the No. 116- player overall in the Class of 2022. 

Other offers for Brown include Alabama, Florida Gulf Coast, Penn and Temple, among others.  

DMV guard Judah Mintz will follow Brown for a visit on June 10 and 11. 

Penn State reaffirmed an offer to Mintz in April after he had originally been recruited by Pat Chambers. 

The 6-foot-3 combo guard is the top-ranked prospect in the D.C. area, per 247Sports Composite and the 91st-ranked player nationally for 2022. 

Florida, Georgetown, LSU, Maryland, Pitt and Virginia Tech are some of his other offers.

Another 2022 guard will also be on campus June 11 with Arizona three-star combo guard Trey Pettigrew set for his visit. 

That will be the first of three visits he has lined up in pretty quick succession, with stops at Northwestern (June 14) and Loyola-Chicago (June 22). 

Pettigrew is the No. 5-ranked prospect in Arizona and No. 194-ranked overall. 

Small forward Cam Whitmore will break up the run of guard visits when he gets to campus on June 13. 

Whitmore picked up an offer from Penn State on April 27. He too is the fifth-ranked recruit in his state per the 247Sports Composite and is ranked No. 109 nationally. 

Offer for 6-foot-9 forward
With Seth Lundy, Caleb Dorsey and Jevonnie Scott the only scholarship forwards who will be on the roster beyond next season, the position remains an area in desperate need of some additional numbers. 

It’s highly likely Shrewsberry is looking for more than one signee at forward for this recruiting cycle. 

In addition to its interest in Whitmore, Penn State also recently offered 6-foot-9 forward Dominick Campbell out of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Portland, Maine.

Campbell looks to be a bit of a late bloomer, as he’s only recently started generating offers from some of the bigger programs. His offers include Notre Dame, South Carolina, VCU, Penn State, Virginia Tech and most recently Stanford.

Lions a finalist for Western Michigan transfer
Penn State is among the six finalists for Western Michigan transfer Greg Lee. 

Lee, who started his career at Cal State Bakersfield before transferring to Kalamazoo for the 2020-21 season, has narrowed his list of potential destinations down to East Carolina, Penn State, Old Dominion, Arkansas, Illinois and Fordham. 

Lee averaged 27 minutes a game for the Broncos this past season, averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds, and was named a MAC All-Conference honorable mention.

This will be the second time the Nittany Lions are involved in a transfer battle with the Razorbacks in the past few weeks. Both were among the final options for Texas A&M transfer guard Jaxson Robinson. It looked as though Penn State was leading the chase for his commitment, only for Eric Musselman to sway him to Fayetteville at the last minute. 

Shrewsberry will be hoping for a different result this time around with Lee. Given his experience and the situation at the forward position for the Nittany Lions, Lee’s commitment would be a major boost ahead of next season.

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