Penn State will play a more up-tempo style than the program has been used to, coach Patrick Chambers said at Big Ten Media Days on Thursday.
“Penn State basketball is in a different place today,” Chambers said. “We are going to get up and down, which we haven’t done the last five years. We’ll play and up-tempo style of play. … This is going to be very different for Penn Staters and the Big Ten.”
According to KenPom.com, Penn State ranked 289th out of 351 Division I teams in adjusted tempo last season. Their 65.8 points per game tied for 317th.
Chambers said the speed will come from UConn transfer Terrence Samuel as well as a talented freshman class, led by redshirt Mike Watkins.
The Nittany Lions will be a relatively young team, with no seniors and five freshmen, but Chambers said he has been pleased by the newcomers both on and off the court.
“The freshmen are very mature for their age,” Chambers said. “I’ve been super impressed by how they’re handling their business.”