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Penn State Hoops Maintains Recruiting Strength With Second Consecutive Top-30 Class

Three high school hoops stars signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Penn State men’s basketball program on Wednesday, solidifying head coach Micah Shrewsberry’s second consecutive top-30 recruiting class.

The three signees, Braeden Shrewsberry, Logan Imes, and Carey Booth, round out the nation’s No. 24-ranked recruiting class according to 247 Sports.

After successfully transitioning his first freshman class into the program and into this season’s lineup rotation, Shrewsberry feels confident about the momentum of his staff in its recruiting efforts so far.

“We want to sustain success here,” the head coach said. “You do that through recruiting. You do that through the people you bring into your program year after year after year. We’ve gotten off to a really good start in our first two years.”

Braeden Shrewsberry, a 6’3″ guard and son of head coach Micah Shrewsberry, was the first prospect to commit to the 2023 recruiting class in November 2021. The four-star recruit is ranked No. 33 in the country as a shooting guard and is the fourth-ranked player coming out of Pennsylvania from the Class of 2023.

He started his high school career at West Lafayette High School in Indiana before transferring to State College Area High School for his final two seasons. The shooting guard left Indiana when his family moved to State College for his dad’s new head coaching gig in Happy Valley.

“He’s going to be a big part of what we’re trying to do and the types of kids we want to have here at Penn State,” assistant coach Aki Collins said.

Shrewsberry received offers from St. Joseph’s, Xavier, Butler, and George Washington but ultimately landed at Penn State.

Penn State hoops’ second commitment from the Class of 2023, Imes, is one of Braeden Shrewsberry’s old teammates from Indiana Elite. Imes is a four-star recruit out of Zionsville, Indiana, and the No. 6-prospect coming out of the state.

The 6’4″ combo guard averaged 17.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his junior season at Zionsville County High School. Imes committed to Shrewsberry’s program in March despite offers from 10 other universities.

“He’s gone from probably a reluctant or below-average shooter to a guy that’s super confident and will knock them down,” assistant coach Mike Farrelly.

Booth, the son of Penn State hoops’ former captain and highest-drafted Nittany Lion in school history Calvin Booth, holds the title of second-highest-ranked recruit in program history. No. 75-ranked ESPN Top 100 recruit Booth falls behind Tony Carr from the Pat Chambers era, who ranked No. 50 in the 2016 ESPN Top 100.

“He’s the total package offensively,” associate head coach Adam Fisher said. “Every time we go to see him as a staff, we talk to people that have watched him and he just keeps getting better.”

The 6’10” four-star power forward is the No. 15-ranked national prospect in his position. Booth spent three years at Cherry Creek High School in the Denver, Colorado, area and will finish his senior season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Booth received offers from 21 schools and never made an official visit to Happy Valley but closed out the 2023 class and committed to Penn State in August.

“We got three great people coming into this program,” Shrewsberry said. “They’re all good players. If they weren’t good players, we wouldn’t be talking about them, but they’re great people. They fit Penn State and they want to be at Penn State.”

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