The Philly pipeline strikes again.
Pat Chambers has plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, despite Penn State's crushing loss to Bradley on Wednesday. Mikeal Brown-Jones, a three-star recruit and longtime Nittany Lion target in the class of 2020, announced his commitment to the program who first offered him back in January 2016. Prep Circuit's Pat Lawless first reported Brown-Jones' commitment.
Brown-Jones transferred to IMG Academy to play his final two seasons this fall, but this is another Philadelphia triumph for Chambers and Penn State. Brown-Jones originally started his high school career at Roman Catholic, starting much of his freshman season at center next to future Nittany Lions Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick. Originally a class of 2019 recruit, he opted to transfer and reclassify after winning a Catholic League and PIAA state title in 2016, continuing his prep career at Girard College high school until the move to IMG this summer. He'll play his junior season alongside class of 2019 signee Patrick Kelly in Bradenton.
The Brown-Jones File
- Class: 2020
- Size: 6'7, 200 lbs
- Pos: F
- Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
- School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
- AAU: Team Final (PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: #193 (#33 PF)
Despite his move to Florida, Brown-Jones was always going to end up back in Pennsylvania to play college ball. His final five consisted of La Salle, St. Joe's, Temple and Villanova as well as Penn State. His most recent visit to Penn State was an official for the Michigan State football game on October 12, per 247Sports. He took no other visits after that, announcing his final five on November 12 and committing 10 days later.
Penn State has been loading up on forwards and wings lately, signing four in the class of 2019 and another in 2020 with the addition of Brown-Jones. He's most similar to Justin McKoy in the 2019 class - a new-school power forward with an old-school small forward's ability to score from all three levels.
With this commitment, Penn State has filled their scholarship limits for the next two seasons, though they are still technically oversigned in the class of 2019. Should whoever departs from the current crop also be taking up a scholarship in the 2020 season, the Nittany Lions will have one more open scholarship to play with in the class of 2020. With the last five recruits all being wings or bigs, expect Chambers to target a point guard. Chuck Harris, R.J. Davis, Lynn Greer III and A.J. Hoggard all have early interest from PSU.