The revamping of Penn State basketball is moving at a rapid pace, and the head coach Micah Shrewsberry’s emphasis on recruiting is becoming very apparent.
After finishing 83rd nationally in the 2020 recruiting cycle, 13th in the Big 10, the Nittany Lions’ 2022 class is currently ninth in the nation with four-star center Kebba Njie, three-star combo guard Jameel Brown, three-star small forward Evan Mahaffey and three-star point guard Kanye Clary already committed. Another big name
2022 three-star center Demetrius Lilley from Lower Marion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania will be committing today at 4 p.m., he announced on Twitter, and the Nittany Lions are firmly in the mix for his signature.
I will be announcing my college Commitment tomorrow @4pm
— meech (@denetriuslilley) September 24, 2021
Lilley (6-foot-10, 230 pounds) is a big-bodied center from the high school NBA legend Kobe Bryant made famous in the late 90s, and at the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium in March, Lilley helped lead Lower Marion to a district title on the back of a 31 point (three 3-pointers) performance.
With offers from Penn State, Bryant, East Carolina, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s, Lilley’s recruiting process heated up earlier this summer when he picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions, sandwiched between two visits.
247Sports currently projects him to land with the Nittany Lions while Rivals hasn’t made an official projection.
According to 247Sports, Lilley is the 267th-ranked recruit in the class, coming in as the 39th-ranked center and the seventh-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania. Rivals rates him as the 31st-ranked center in the class.