Staff Picks: ‘Under-The-Radar’ Penn State Sleeper Selections

After a 2-0 outing for Penn State men’s basketball in its international exhibition tour in the Bahamas, the group chock-full of transfers is seemingly gelling ahead of head coach Mike Rhoades’ first campaign at the helm of the program.

The Nittany Lions took down the Bahamas National Team and the University of Victoria by sturdy margins throughout their exhibition matches, resulting in some complimentary commentary from CBS Sports Insider Jon Rothstein.

Second-year point guard and returnee Kanye Clary tallied 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists in Penn State’s Thursday challenge with the University of Victoria, while Temple transfer Zach Hicks registered 17 points on a 5-for-7 clip from distance.

The two “under-the-radar” Nittany Lions are never sleepers in the eyes of the blue-and-white faithful, but there are surely some sleeper picks in the daily lives of Penn State students, and our staffers were quick to defend their under-the-radar Penn State sleeper selections.

Aidan Conrad: Monte Carlo’s Pizza

Hidden on West College Avenue is a gem of a pizza place. Many people don’t know about Monte Carlo’s due to its off-the-grid location, but those who live west of Atherton are loyal customers.

People don’t only go for the great pizza and widespread menu but for the man behind the magic, Mo. Mo is lightning in a bottle and is always happy to see you when you walk in.


CJ Gill: HUB Salad Bar

Let’s be honest. By October or November, we all get tired of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Penn State’s various dining halls.

The Soup and Garden salad bar in the HUB is actually pretty good. It offers quality options that make you feel like you’re eating healthy for the first time in a month. Believe it or not, it’s a nice switch from your typical late-night lineup of D.P. Dough or Findlay Commons pizza.

Connor Krause: College GameDay Outside Beaver Stadium

After ESPN’s flagship college football pregame show took a seven-year hiatus from Happy Valley following its visit for the Iowa matchup in 2009, it returned to Old Main Lawn in 2021 to show off Penn State’s most famous campus landmark.

While I’m a sucker for Dear Old State’s picturesque landscape, College GameDay’s setup with Beaver Stadium positioned as its backdrop is as good as it gets, folks. Coupled with the view of over 50,000 early risers positioned within the tailgating premises, the show would draw record-high attendance figures if it were given another chance.

Joe Lister: North Halls

I want to make the point that this is specifically under the radar. NOT underrated. North Halls is not underrated. However, many people don’t know where North Halls is, or that it even exists. As a North Halls resident my freshman year, plenty of folks thought that it was just a myth, like attending an 8 a.m. after two weeks of class or not going to the bathroom after eating dining hall food.

But no, North Halls is home to at least a dozen students, maybe even more than that sometimes. With its zero dining attractions and ghosts in pretty much every hall, maybe North Halls does deserve some love. After all, who doesn’t want to live in a hidden and low-access part of campus?

Mikey DeAngelis: Business Building Lawn

The sun is shining on the first warm day of the spring semester. What’s everyone’s first instinct? Let’s head to the HUB Lawn to hang out and throw a frisbee.

While I’ll often do the same myself, for those who like to spread out, the lawn behind the Business Building is often empty and a great spot to throw a football around or hang out. I’m not even a business major, but I’ll often find myself over there in conjunction with a walk in the Arboretum.

Keeley Lamm: State College Porches

Cafe? Champs? Doggie’s? A frat? No, porch. This is a seasonal sleeper, but important nonetheless.

It’s a tale as old as time: the pregame accidentally doesn’t end and quickly turns into Porch Time. Seriously, it’s time we respect Porch Time and make it the main event. It’s almost always more fun.

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