Jahnathan Lamothe, a Class of 2023 four-star combo guard out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, MD, has placed Penn State in his top four.
Penn State joins Georgetown, Maryland and UCF in the running for the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Lamothe, who also plays on the Team Durant AAU squad. Lamothe averaged 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Panthers, who posted a 35-6 record last season.
Scouts see Lamothe as a silky-smooth offensive talent with a balanced floor game who is capable of scoring and facilitating. They like his ability to play with string body control, especially around the basket. He has excellent court vision and makes wise decisions on the floor. Lamothe also can shoot the ball from NBA range and scouts like his ability as an on-ball defender and on help defense. They also feel Lamothe has the strength to corral ball handlers.
Lamothe spoke to 247Sports about his recruiting experience broke down each school. This is what he said about Penn State.
“Coach Shrewsberry and coach Aki (Collins) have been recruiting me since I was 15u as well,” he said. “They did a home visit, and I went up there in like November, so they’ve been talking to me all year basically. They’ve been sending me film and stuff that relates to the next level.”
If Lamothe commits, he’d join Logan Imes and Braeden Shrewsberry in Penn State’s 2023 recruiting class and in the process.