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Nittany Lions Blue-White Scrimmage at the BJC Saturday Morning

Penn State Men’s Basketball fans will get a preview of this year’s squad Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center at 10 a.m.

This season’s squad is generating lots of excitement, as the Nittany Lions boast talented young players as well as seasoned veterans despite losing Jermaine Marshall to Arizona State. Tim Frazier, who led the Big Ten in assists and finished second in scoring (18.2 points per game) during the 2011-2012 campaign, returns to the court this season after securing a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA as a medical redshirt. Frazier only played in four games last year due to a ruptured achilles tendon in his left leg.

D.J. Newbill, who was an All-Big Ten honorable mention last season, also returns to the Lions. The 6-foot-4 guard finished last season fourth in Big Ten scoring with 16.3 points and four assists per game. Newbill also showcased his rebounding ability after notching five boards a game despite playing in the backcourt. Junior Ross Travis provides some muscle in the paint, flashing both the ability to score down low and pull down crucial rebounds.

The 2013-2014 roster is loaded with young talent, with long-armed Brandon Taylor and sweet-shooting Donovon Jack headlining the group. Taylor, a sophomore, provides an all around threat while he is on the floor. He was able to adequately step in for Frazier as a freshman last year, showcasing his shooting prowess and overall athleticism. Taylor has the ability to score consistently and hold his own in the paint against bigger forwards and will look to improve upon his already impressive freshman stats. Jack got off to a slow start last year but showed flashes of potential. Jack can run the floor, block shots, pull down rebounds, and shoot the deep ball. The lefty forward had his season cut short due to a stress fracture in his right foot, but coach Pat Chambers raves about Jack’s athleticism and basketball IQ that will help him succeed in the upcoming season.

If you plan on attending Saturday’s scrimmage, keep an eye on what these guys do. You may be taking the first glimpse of a potential dark horse Nittany Lions squad.

Doors will be open to all fans free of admission and  include a variety of contests and games with the chance to win some prizes from the team. After the scrimmage, players will be available on the concourse level to meet fans and sign autographs.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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