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Penn State basketball nabs 2018 verbal

Penn State coach Pat Chambers yells at his team against Minnesota during a men's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
Penn State coach Pat Chambers yells at his team against Minnesota during a men's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. CDT photo

Myles Dread looked into everything about potential schools during the recruiting process.

The Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) forward received interest from West Virginia, Northwestern, St. Joseph’s and Temple. He received offers from Penn State, George Mason, Manhattan, James Madison and Towson.

Dread researched the teams’ playing styles, their coaches and their opponents.

He announced his commitment to Penn State on Twitter on Sunday, becoming the program’s first commit in the Class of 2018. He cited the chance to play in the Big Ten, the school’s academics and his relationship with coach Patrick Chambers after calling Penn State “the perfect combination of everything.”

“I realized that they were up and coming,” Dread said Sunday.

Dread, who stands between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, averaged 9.5 points and and 5.0 rebounds last season for Gonzaga, according to The Washington Post.

Dread watched as Penn State improved last season, finishing with its best record (7-11) in the Big Ten under Chambers. And he took note of the Nittany Lions’ highly touted recruiting class of 2016.

He got the opportunity to join the program after receiving an offer this spring. Dread said he then visited the campus June 27.

He saw the athletic facilities and learned about the academic opportunities.

“I want to study business,” Dread said. “That could change. But right now, I do want to study finance.”

Chambers also made a strong impression.

“He will tell me when I’m messing up or when I’m doing well so he’ll just so he’s just very, very what I like in a coach — a very honest coach,” Dread said. “… He’s just very real.”

Ryne Gery: 814-231-4679, @rgery

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