I haven’t paid much attention to recruiting at all since the season has started, but DeChellis and his staff got a commitment from 6’11” 265 pound C Peter Alexis on Sunday night. The 16 year old attends Holy Redeemer High School up in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
There isn’t a whole lot out there on the big man, as he wasn’t even in the Rivals or Scout databases before he committed. However, he *was* rated a 91 on ESPN’s scale, before being dropped to an 87 after his commitment. Hoop Scoops has him #107 nationally in the class of 2011. Bottom line is the rankings on Alexis are meaningless. For whatever reason, he hasn’t had much exposure or evaluations from national recruiting services.
He looks like a nice, early get. Sometimes guys who are 6’10″+ undergo late growth spurts, so they’re unaccustomed to playing big around the tin. However, Pete was 6’8″ in 7th grade, so he has been playing big for most, if not all of his life. Observers have praised his steady improvement over the first two years of his high school career and expect that trend to continue.
Pete chose PSU over James Madison. Those were his only two scholarship offers but he said Texas A&M, West Virginia, and Yale were heavily pursuing him. It sounds like PSU got in early before anyone else. Local writer, Dave Konopki wrote this in a weekly column just a few days ago:
PETER ALEXIS. The 6-foot-11 junior from Holy Redeemer will most likely become the most-highly recruited player from the WVC since Bishop O’Reilly center Dave Popson in the mid-1980s. And before anymore brings up Bob Sura — who played at Florida State — remember, the former GAR great wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. You won’t be able to say the same thing about Alexis.
Alexis cited PSU’s dedication to academics (he wants to be an engineer) and the opportunity for early playing time as factors into his commitment. The only video evidence is Alexis making a crucial (yet ugly) bucket for his team in a tight game late. Check out these articles on his commitment:
- Nittany Lions land big center – Centre Daily
- Alexis picks Penn State – Times Leader
- Alexis picks PSU – Citizens’ Voice
Alexis is the second commitment of the crucial 2011 recruiting class. Looking at the roster, there are still glaring holes in the frontcourt, even with his pledge. The 2011-2012 roster currently is looking like this:
- Guards – Frazier, Buie, Burke, Marshall, Babb, Woodyard
- Forwards – Edwards, Borovnjak, Oliver, Alexis
I expect DeChellis and his staff to keep pursuing versatile forwards with the last 3 scholarships. The backcourt is stacked with depth, talent, and experience, but that front court isn’t going to win any Big Ten championships. There is some athleticism missing, so expect PSU to go hard after athletic, versatile forwards like Desmond Hubert from here on out.
***Also, I plan to keep track of all 3 commitments’ high school seasons, but it’s hard to do in this blog format. So I plan to keep an updated thread over at pennstatehoops.com, which I’m sure most of you readers check out anyway. But if you don’t (even though you should), that thread can be found here.