Philly Guard Shep Garner Commits to Penn State
For the second time in as many weeks, Pat Chambers was able to get a verbal commit from a Philadelphia native. Shep Garner, a three-star guard recruit out of Philly’s Roman Catholic High School will round out the 2014 recruiting class, joining Isaiah Washington, a guard from Williamsport, Pa who committed in April of 2012.
Today’s news about Garner was initially reported by Rivals recruiting analyst Alex Kline.
BREAKING: 2014 Team Final (PA) guard Shep Garner will stay in-state to play at Penn State.
— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 15, 2013
Garner, measuring at 6’2″ and 170 pounds, turned heads around the country with his play and ranks as the 123rd best high school player nationally per his Rivals page. He received interest from at least 12 schools and offers from at least eight, including hometown Temple, before settling on Penn State this weekend. Garner also had offers from Arizona, Florida, La Salle, Maryland, Rutgers, and Texas.
“It was awesome,” Garner said after visiting Penn State last fall in an interview with 247 Sports “It was probably the best visit I’ve ever had. Penn State is a beautiful campus. It’s a great school.”
Though there are no statistics available from Garner’s junior campaign for the Roman Catholic Cahillites, it seems that Garner is an effective scorer that can play at either guard position. He is billed as a smooth passer that can drive to the hoop when needed but also has a solid mid-range and long-range jumper. His defense is reportedly rock solid, but he needs to add strength if he wants to be able attack the the rim at the next level. Regardless, Garner is a complete player and this is a very solid commit for Chambers and the program.
Earlier this week, Mike Watkins, a forward also from the Philadelphia area, committed to the Penn State program as Chambers’ first recruit for the Class of 2015. Chambers is proving that recruiting Philadelphia is a top priority, and he is yielding positive results.
Here’s a video of Garner’s play. It isn’t exactly a large sample size of his work, but you can check out some of his impressive drives, heads-up defense, and that smooth jumper.