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Penn State Men's hoops finished the year and yes, the year is finished (no NCAA, no NIT, nothing but more practice) with a record of 12-20 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten.
No doubt that on the surface this year seems like a set-back from even the days of Coach DeChellis, but I think when you dig a little deeper things are not so bad.
Per my blog from a few weeks ago, Coach Chambers seems to have the program going in the right direction but the teams record does not reflect this.
Watching this team you realize three things from the opening tip: 1) they have very little talent, so DeChellis left this program with barely any fruit on the vine, 2) this team hustles and 3) Chambers is extremely passionate.
Now, addressing #1 is no small matter and has been a huge struggle for Penn State Men's Basketball coaches for decades. But Chambers is off to a pretty good start and if he can upgrade the talent, the teams willingness to hustle and his passion, should payoff with a lot more W's.
Coming back next year is pretty much the entire team, other than guard Cammeron Woodyard, who averaged 25 minutes and 9 points per game (nothing too impressive).
But bringing back a bunch of guys who were not very good this year (other than of course Tim Frazier) might not be a great thing, but if you think positively they can only get better. And more importantly Chambers has grabbed some nice recruits including a 4-Star and 3-Star recruit.
This season was not easy to watch, but we can only go up from here. Let's hope that is the case.
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