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Three Top WPIAL Basketball Prospects Will Visit Penn State This Weekend

Penn State’s annual “White Out” has been known to be a big tool for football recruiting, but Penn State head men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry is using the White Out game as a recruiting tool as well. Penn State will be hosting Class of 2025 guards Amare Brown out of Woodland Hills High School in Braddock, Pennsylvania and Meleek Thomas out of Lincoln Park High School in Midland, Pennsylvania for unofficial visits.

Penn State will also host Class of 2024 power forward Royce Parham from North Hills High school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for an official visit this weekend.

Brown is a 5-foot-10 combo guard who also plays football for Woodland Hills. He is an excellent shooter, especially from the three-point line. He uses his quickness to drive to the lanes and with his football background is not scared of contact from bigger players. He has the quickness to keep up with whoever he is guarding and gets in the passing lanes to get steals. He recently got an offer to play for Bryant University.

Thomas is a 6-foot-3 point guard who has received offers from Bryant, Indiana, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, and St. Johns. He is a five-star recruit, according to 247 sports, with him being the number one shooting guard nationally for the Class of 2025 and the number one player in Pennsylvania. He recently showed his floor general skills, shooting ability, and athleticism in a USA junior national team minicamp in Colorado Springs.

Recently, Thomas spoke to Brandon Jenkins of 247Sports about Penn State when discussing schools that have given him an offer.

“I talk to Micah Shrewsberry every day. I wanted to go to the school and feel the love. They are on a higher level than most on the scene.”

Parham is a 6-foot-7 four-star recruit that has had offers from Duquesne, George Mason, Maryland, Pitt, Robert Morris, Rutgers, TCU, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin. He is the number four player in Pennsylvania, the number ten power forward, and the No. 65 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He is a versatile power forward that can play both forwards, which is a plus in today’s college basketball. Penn State has an advantage because his mother, Kim Calhoun-Parham, holds Penn State’s school record for blocked shots in a career.

Coach Shrewsberry would like to add any of these three players as a foundational piece to his program in the future.

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