Posted in Analysis, Recruiting, tagged Dan Earl, Ed DeChellis, Jamelle Cornley, James Johnson, Joonas Suotamo, Max Dubois, Milos Bogetic, Mooch Jackson, Nikola Obradovic on October 11, 2010 |
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Previous Installments: 2004 Class
With a multitude of scholarships available because the transfer train was still rolling at the time, the staff brought in a 6 man recruiting class in 2005.
- Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, OH) - Undersized (only knock), but an absolute warrior. Tremendous leader, who fought through so many injuries and setbacks. Not really much more you can say. Too bad he was only 6’4″, but then again he probably wouldn’t have been a Lion if he was taller.
Career – 122 GP (110 GS) 33.2 MPG 12.9 PPG 6.2 RPG
Grade – A-
Signing Period – Fall 2004
- David ‘Mooch’ Jackson (Gaithersburg, MD) - Junior College transfer, who chose PSU over Auburn. Mooch had a decent stint here, but nothing special. He was brought in as a combo guard at a time where PSU was desperate for a playmaker at PG. He started 51 games here but wasn’t an impact player, proving that he was a Big Ten bench player at best.
Career – 60 GP (51 GS) 27.0 MPG 6.7 PPG 2.6 APG 3.1 RPG
Grade – C
Signing Period – Spring 2005
- Maxwell Dubois (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Max was recruited as an explosive SG. He suffered a few injuries and never contributed much of anything in his 2 years here. He eventually transferred at the end of the 2006-2007 season, claiming ‘the coaches don’t have plans for me’. Hard to say that this wasn’t a wasted scholarship.
Career – 8 GP (0 GS) 3.5 MPG 1.9 PPG
Grade – F
Signing Period – Spring 2005 Keep Reading…
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Posted in Analysis, Recruiting, tagged Brandon Hassell, Danny Morrissey, Ed DeChellis, Geary Claxton, Hillary Scott, James Johnson, Kurt Kanaskie, Marlon Smith, Mike Walker, Travis Parker on September 28, 2010 |
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Everybody knows recruiting is the greatest determinant of any collegiate athletic program’s success. So how has Penn State recruited under Ed DeChellis? Well, let’s just say it hasn’t been great, and it is reason #1 this program has had very little success under this coaching regime. Inspired by my ADD in a lecture one day, I have decided to look back and analyze/grade each recruiting class this staff has hauled in (which, if you ask me, is a much more productive and concrete idea than say, projecting college prospects and how they will do in the future). This is the first installment of this series that will look into Ed’s first full recruiting class – the class of 2004.
The Grading System will be based on this 4.0 scale, 3 credits per player
||Big Ten Starter
||Big Ten Bench Player
||Are you serious?
*A sidenote before I begin, DeChellis was hired in April 2003 and actually pulled in his first recruit in the 2003 Spring signing period. That player was Marlon Smith – a guard who hailed from New York. Marlon was an unfortunate sacrificial lamb for Ed DeChellis’ first year. A depleted roster during the transfer years left coach D with just 2 scholarship guards – Smith and Ben Luber. Smith actually had a decent year that year, considering the circumstances (playing 90.1% of the team’s total minutes). He averaged 13.1 PPG and shot 34% from 3. However, midway through his sophomore year, he was diagnosed with some condition. I forget what happened, but I wanna say he passed out during practice, and it was found that he had some sort of blockage with his bloodflow to his brain. Basically, the condition ended his career at Penn State, so his grade is incomplete and isn’t worth factoring in.
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