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Podcast: What Brockington staying means, and when could Shrewsberry get Lions to NCAA tourney?

Ben Jones from StateCollege.com joined “Sports Central with Cory Giger” to talk about Izaiah Brockington’s decision to stay at Penn State. We also discuss what the next year or two could look like for the Nittany Lions, and when could the team return to the NCAA Tournament.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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  1. Basketball Is Best

    March 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Disagree that “Shrewsberry’s offense” is a negative for Myreon Jones. I don’t even know what you mean by “Shrewsberry’s offense”!

    Shrewsberry had to design a completely different offense to cope with the loss of Carsen Edwards and to take advantage of different Purdue strengths. This is the essence of NBA coaching, and what one can hope will come from Shrewsberry as a result of that experience – understanding mismatches and relentlessly taking advantage of them. (College coaches often rely on ‘focusing on what we do best’, and when you have the talent and don’t have the prep time that pros do, that can work.)

    I can’t imagine that Shrewsberry wouldn’t look at the existing (pre-portal) roster and immediately develop concepts to get Myreon, Seth and Myles into spot-up spots – their strength – and to find ways to both exploit what IZB and John can do (a lot) and hide what they can’t. Recruiting, developing and preparing players will still be the most important thing, but being able to adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of the roster is an NBA experience that can help an under-manned team.

    The margin between making the NCAA and missing out is not that large. The last few years have demonstrated that – Penn State’s analytics show that a few baskets here and there is the difference between a run on tournament appearances and what appears to just be “more of the same” from the Nits.

    If Harrar and MJ can be persuaded to remain, Penn State would be 50-50 to get to the tournament next season. Need to find additional big minutes somewhere – the development of Abdou, the portal, a combination. The loss of Buttrick is larger than his career numbers might suggest – he was incredibly valuable to the group in the role he took on. This also presumes the group retains the chemistry that it has had the last couple of years. Jamari and John appeared to be critical to that. That’s not a given in the best of circumstance – Rutgers had the same cast as the year before but seemed to lose a little of that edge.

    When this Penn State core is gone (if it isn’t gone already), the question of when Penn State gets to the tournament will depend on how well and how fast Shrewsberry assembles the next one. Can’t be honestly answered.

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