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Penn State hoops welcomes highly rated class

Penn State basketball signed what it’s touting as “the best recruiting class in the program’s history” Wednesday.

Two of the three players who signed national letters of intent are ranked among ESPN’s top 2015 prospects, and ranks the Nittany Lions’ class among the top 30 in the nation.

“We are ecstatic about the direction of our program,” coach Patrick Chambers said in a release. “The diversity of this class is something that really excites me.”

Guard Josh Reaves and forwards Mike Watkins and Deividas “Davis” Zemgulis will join the program in time for next season, which will be Chambers’ fifth at PSU.

A Philadelphia-area native, Chambers made Watkins his sixth Philly recruit. The 6-foot-8 Watkins is rated as the nation’s No. 89 recruit by ESPN. Joined by Reaves in being designated as a four-star prospect by ESPN, Watkins led Math, Civics & Science Charter to the PIAA Class A championship game last season. He transferred to Phelps School for his senior year.

Reaves (No. 81 by ESPN) is a 6-4 guard from Fairfax, Va., who transferred from Paul VI to renowned basketball school Oak Hill Academy for his senior year.

A native of Lithuania, the 6-6 Zemgulis played for Lithuania at the under-16 European Championships in 2013 before coming to the U.S. as an exchange student.

An ESPN three-star recruit, Zemgulis attends St. Mary Ryken in Leonardtown, Md.

Penn State, which has just two winning seasons since 2001, went 16-18 last season. Its season begins Friday against Morgan State.

Chris Adamski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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