New Penn State men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry speaks at an introductory press conference on March 30, 2021 in the Bryce Jordan Center. Photo by Mark Selders
Penn State men’s basketball added another verbal commitment to its 2022 recruiting class as Lower Merion center Demetrius Lilley announced his decision on Friday.
Lilley hits the scales at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds and chose the Nittany Lions over a handful of schools, including Philadelphia programs La Salle and Saint Joseph’s. Lilley made her official visit to Penn State earlier in the month, after she was offered a scholarship in August.
The Ardmore native is the fifth verbal commitment in Penn State’s 2022 recruiting class that is now ranked No. 9 in the country and the third-best Big Ten recruiter, behind Indiana and Ohio State. Otega Oweh, a No. 1 prospect by the 247 Network, is still being considered by the Nittany Lions. 247 Network, 73 overall prospect. Oweh was originally scheduled to announce his decision Friday, but he has now moved the date to Oct. 1, when Oweh will announce on CBS Sports Network.
Penn State’s class is currently headlined by Kebba Njie and Jameel Brown who are rated No. 104 and No. 127 in the country, respectively. Both have been given four-star ratings by different recruiting outlets. Njie is currently a four-star recruiter on the 247 Network. Brown has had a three- to four-star rating.
Evan Mahaffey (verbal commitment) and Kanye Cleary (verbal commitment) round out the class. Oweh is expected to commit to Nittany Lions also at the beginning next month.
Oweh’s commitment would put a cap on a memorable recruiting cycle for new head coach Micah Shrewsberry. The Nittany Lions’ class receives an additional boost in rankings for volume, but Njie Brown, Oweh and Oweh are a formidable trio of commitments on their own.