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Mike Rhoades is already impressing a top Penn State recruit

Mike Rhoades has already made a great impression with one of Penn State’s top targets.



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Dec 29, 2019; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A general view of Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Cornell Big Red and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Since Micah Shrewsberry left, the Nittany Lions have been scrambling to get a new coaching staff and new players in place ahead of the 2023-24 season. Penn State’s new head coach — Mike Rhoades — has already done an impressive job with the transfer portal and by retaining key younger players like Kanye Clary. Now, Penn State basketball is trending with a four-star forward, who has enjoyed Mike Rhoades thus far.

Penn State basketball trending for four-star forward in 2023 recruiting class

This afternoon, one of the top-ranked Penn State basketball recruiting targets released his top five remaining schools, and the Nittany Lions are in some elite company. North Carolina, Villanova, St. Johns, and Nebraska are alongside Penn State as contenders for four-star wing Brady Dunlap.

Brady Dunlap is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward out of Harvard Westlake High School in California. He is rated as a four-star recruit by On3 and ESPN and is ranked as the No. 86 player in the 2023 class, the No. 21 small forward, and the No. 15 player in the state of California — needless to say, Dunlap is a major Penn State basketball recruiting target.

Brady Dunlap has been impressed with Penn State’s Mike Rhoades so far

Despite Mike Rhoades only being hired a few weeks ago, one of his top recruiting targets is already impressed.

Coach Rhoades has been great; he has worked very hard and has made an impression on me and my family,” Dunlap told Joe Tipton of On3. “The whole staff seems to be a family along with the a winning culture. The school itself is very enticing with the history of athletic success. I can’t wait to visit.”

If Penn State’s Mike Rhoades and his new-look Penn State coaching staff can continue to make a lasting impression on this major four-star forward recruit, the Nittany Lions could start adding some elite-level talent just weeks into his tenure in State College. With some solid portal usage and more, the hoops rebuild could be over much faster than initially expected.

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