Shaler Area basketball standout picks Penn State
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Geno Thorpe, a standout basketball player at Shaler Area High School, has decided to play at Penn State.
Thorpe is a junior but made a verbal commitment this morning to Penn State. He told new Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers the news when Chambers called Thorpe at 6 in the morning to wish him a happy birthday.
Thorpe is a 6-foot-3 guard who chose Penn State over Wisconsin and Pitt. He can't sign a binding letter of intent with Penn State until November of his senior year.
"With Pitt, I still love the Oakland Zoo and I'm still trying to get them to forgive me on Twitter," Thorpe said with a laugh. "But I just made my decision because at the end of the day, I just felt different about the way Penn State was recruiting me. I just felt better about Penn State and more comfortable."
Thorpe said he is well aware of the cloud hanging over Penn State's football program because of an alleged sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. But he said that had no effect on his decision.
"It's sad to see, but at the same time it didn't stop my decision," Thorpe said.
Thorpe averaged 17.5 points a game last year as a sophomore at Shaler.
First Published November 8, 2011 9:50 am