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Chambers Adds Brockington to Roster

Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers today announced the addition of 6-4, 180-lb. guard Izaiah Brockington to the Nittany Lions’ roster. Brockington, a transfer from St. Bonaventure, has signed a grant-in-aid and will enroll at Penn State and compete for the Nittany Lions starting in 2019-20.
 
“We’re really excited to add Izaiah to our program, his athleticism and speed allows him to affect the game on both ends of the floor,” said Chambers. “He excels in the open floor and has the versatility to defend multiple positions. A dynamic scorer, Izaiah has the ability to assert himself offensively in many different ways and I think that will only improve during his upcoming redshirt season.” 
 
The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements. Brockington played in all 34 games for St. Bonaventure this past season with five double-figure scoring games and single-game highs of five assists and four steals.

In a return to his hometown, Brockington scored 16 points in the game at St. Joseph’s off three 3-pointers and an overall team-best six field goals. Earning a start against Maryland, he helped the Bonnies to a win over the Terps and then recorded a game-high 20 points vs. TCU. He was named to the Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament team for his efforts in those two contests.

A first-team all-State pick and McDonald’s All-America nominee, Brockington helped lead Archbishop Ryan to back-to-back Philadelphia Catholic League semifinals appearances and the PIAA Class 6A semifinals.

The top scorer for the Raiders at 18.7 points per game with a team-best 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a senior, he finished his career as the all-time leading scorer at Ryan with 1,292 points. Brockington played on the AAU circuit for We-R1 and Team Philly.

Jones to Join Penn State Men’s Basketball Class of 2018

Combination guard Myreon Jones will join the Penn State men’s basketball program as a member of the class of 2018, coach Patrick Chambers announced today. A 6-3, 170-lb. senior, Jones signed his national letter of intent to enroll at Penn State and play for the Nittany Lions in 2018-19.
 
“M.J. will help transform our backcourt with his versatility and competitiveness,” said Chambers. “With his skills, high basketball I.Q. and leadership qualities, he makes everyone around him better. He’s a high achiever on the basketball court and in the classroom. We’re thrilled to bring M.J. to Penn State.”
Jones played his final season at Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, Georgia, and also played for the Nike EYBL Georgia Stars. Ranked No. 81 nationally by 247 Sports with a four-star rating, he averaged 19 points per game with single-game highs of 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as a senior.
 
From Birmingham, Alabama, Jones helped lead the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record as Lincoln Academy earned a spot in the national prep rankings.
 
Jones played three years with the Huffman Vikings and averaged 20 points and six assists a game, scoring in double digits in all but one game his junior year. During the regular season, he scored a game-high 31 points against Pinson Valley and had 30 points, including four 3-pointers, in a Class 7A, Area 6 Tournament victory over Spain Park.

Penn State Women’s Basketball Adds Lanier to Coaching Staff

Penn State head women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington has announced the addition of Geoff Lanier in the role of assistant coach.
 
“I am very excited to have Geoff Lanier join our staff,” said Washington. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience to our program and we are confident that he will have a positive impact in a number of ways on Lady Lion Basketball.”
 
Along with coaching the wings, the Derby, Connecticut native will also assist in the day-to-day operation of the program, including opponent scouting, game preparation and player development, among other duties.
 
Landing on campus with 24 year of coaching experience, Lanier has made stops in the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Mid-American Conference, along with other coaching experience early in his career.

Lanier spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati, where he coached the programs posts, tutored a pair of conference “of the year” winners and helped the Bearcats to the 2018 WNIT. The 2017-18 campaign featured the second-straight season that the coaching veteran was able to guide a pupil to a conference specialty award, as IImar’I Thomas took home the American Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Year award and was a unanimous AAC All-Freshman Team selection.
 
In total, Thomas was named league Freshman of the Week an American-best five times in 2017-18, averaging 9.7 points and a team-high-tying 6.0 rebounds per game.
 
In 2016-17, Lanier helped Shanice Johnson earn a spot on the All-American Athletic Conference third team and garnered unanimous AAC Newcomer of the Year distinction after averaging a team-high 15.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Johnson scored in double-figures in 23 games and boasted 13 double-doubles.
 
Lanier arrived on the UC campus after spending four seasons as an assistant at Kent State. Lanier served as the recruiting coordinator for the Golden Flash and his impact was felt immediately, as his efforts on the recruiting trail yielded 16 signees over his first 18 months. His crop of signees finished as a top-three class in the MAC for the 2014 cycle. His tenure at Kent State saw the development of four all-conference selections.

During his first season in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, he helped Boston College to its best finish in ACC history, a fifth-place showing in 2008-09, and the next season was a part of an Eagles squad that won two games at the ACC Tournament for the first time in program history. His tenure at BC (2009-12) included two postseason berths, including a run to the 2009 WNIT semifinals.

On the recruiting trail, he helped the Eagles reel in the 11th-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2010 and helped cultivate the talents of 2011 WNBA top-15 draft pick center Carolyn Swords. Of Boston College’s nine all-time All-ACC selections, Lanier tutored five those, helping Swords (three times) and Stephanie Murphy (twice) earn All-ACC honors. Swords earned first-team All-ACC on two occasions while working with Lanier, the only two first-team All-ACC honors in BC history.

Lanier’s career also included stops at Ohio University (2007-08) and the University of Akron (2004-06) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. With the Bobcats, Lanier helped OU a 20-win season in 2007-08, which is one of only five 20-win seasons in the program’s history. Ohio U. advanced to its first MAC Championship game in 22 years in 2007-08, posting a 20-13 overall mark.

As the head coach at North Dakota College of Science from 1999-2003, Lanier also held the role of Director of Athletics at the school during the 2001-02 academic year. While at the junior college, he was named Region XIII Coach of the Year three times and led his team to the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region XIII Championships during three of his last four seasons.

As the top assistant at the University of Chicago from 1997-98, Lanier headed recruiting, organized team travel and was also the assistant facilities coordinator. He began his extensive coaching career as an assistant at Washington College in Maryland from 1995-96.

Lanier earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University and owns a master’s degree in Psychology from Washington College.

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