Roman's Garner commits to Penn State

Shep Garner is a 6-foot-2 guard.    ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Shep Garner is a 6-foot-2 guard.    ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Posted: June 17, 2013

It was about two or three weeks ago, Shep Garner said, that he decided he would go to Penn State. But he had to keep it a secret.

Before he made it official, the Roman Catholic shooting guard needed some special clearance.

"My mom wanted to see the campus and meet the coaches face-to-face," Garner said. "She said she wanted to see if she felt a good vibe or bad vibe. And she got a good vibe."

Garner committed to the Nittany Lions on Saturday morning, a day after touring the campus with his parents. His parents returned home in the afternoon, and the 6-foot-2 Chester native was staying until Sunday night with his Roman Catholic teammates as part of Penn State's team camp.

A talented ball handler and distributor, Garner also will fill the role of recruiter for Penn State coach Patrick Chambers. Garner already is working on Great Valley forward Mikal Bridges, who will visit next weekend. The two are AAU teammates with Team Final.

Roman Catholic coach Chris McNesby said Garner's outgoing personality makes him the perfect guy to bring local players with him.

"I just tell them I'm a good guy to play with and a good guy to be around," Garner said.

Chambers, a Delaware County native, already has two Philadelphia guards on his roster: guards D.J. Newbill (Strawberry Mansion) and John Johnson (Girard College, Life Center).

McNesby said there was a comfort level with the coach, as Chambers recruited former Cahillite Maalik Wayns when Chambers was an assistant at Villanova.

"I feel good about it," McNesby said. "Now he can just go out there and win some games."


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