2017 Forward Andre Rafus Jr. Lists Penn State in his Top Five

By Eric Gibson on July 7, 2017 at 8:00 am
Feb 11, 2017; Champaign, IL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers reacts to action on the court during the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at State Farm Center.

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Recruiting is about to ramp up what's been a quiet offseason so far for Penn State basketball. But before the staff hits the road for the busiest month of AAU basketball, they are still turning over stones for their final scholarship opening. There could be a fourth addition to the 2017 class as Andre Rafus Jr. listed Penn State in his top five yesterday along with Oregon, Oregon State, Georgetown and Gonzaga.

Rafus is an interesting 6'9" wing prospect who's obviously had a drawn out recruiting process. Penn State was never really involved until a few weeks ago when the Baltimore native backed out of his TCU commitment in June. Not much was reported publicly as to why Rafus had a change of heart, but the late timing suggests there could be eligibility concerns. He did transfer multiple times for various reasons during a high school career that started at St. Frances in Maryland, continued at Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, and finished this past season at Lake Clifton.  

As for Rafus' game, he's a long, athletic wing prospect that can hit the three. His body type is reminiscent of Jeff Brooks when he was a freshman, so Rafus will likely need some time to bulk up in the rugged Big Ten. Without seeing him in action, it's hard to believe he could make a significant difference for next year's team, but his three-point shooting is a valuable asset this program has always lacked under Chambers. Plus he has the physical tools to grow into a quality defender.

Rafus already took a visit recently to Georgetown to meet with their new head coach Patrick Ewing, but no other visits have been reported. No timetable has been given for his decision either, but this is one to keep an eye on. 

 

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