Patrick Chambers has a tough task ahead of him. In his first year as Penn State's coach, the Newtown Square native and former Villanova assistant is in charge of leading a team that graduated four of five starters and the program's all-time leading scorer in Talor Battle.
So, when discussing his goals for the season, Chambers' kept it simple: "be the best team we can be by the end of the year."
"I want this team to go out and compete every night for 40 minutes - I don't care where we are," Chambers said at the team's media day on Tuesday. Penn State opens its season Saturday with an exhibition against Slippery Rock.
"I want them to make Penn State people proud, the alumni proud, the students proud, the administration proud. I want them to go out and compete as hard as they can for 40 minutes, and, if we can create those habits and do that on a daily basis, then we are going to like the outcome."
Some notes from media day:
-Senior guard Cammeron Woodyard, who had been out with a knee injury, returned to practice on Monday.
-Redshirt sophomore guard Jermaine Marshall remains suspended for undisclosed reasons, but Chambers hinted it was for academic reasons.
"Right now, Jermaine is continuing to do what we asked him to do academically," the coach said. "He's keeping himself in shape. I'm in constant communication with him. I just had a meeting with him yesterday. He's doing everything we ask him to do to get back on this team. That's what he needs to do."
-Freshman guard Trey Lewis is out with an ankle injury but Chambers said he will be back soon.
-Read Wednesday's Inquirer for more from Penn State men's basketball media day.