Pitt’s Capel adds to recruiting class
PITTSBURGH — Coach Jeff Capel continued his overhaul of the Pitt men’s basketball roster with the addition of Au’Diese Toney.
The 6-foot-6 guard out of Trinity Christian Academy (N.C.) will reclassify and join the Panthers for the 2018-19 season.
“Au’Diese is a multi-talented player with the toughness and versatility to impact the game in a variety of ways,” Capel said. “He has shown the ability to score at all three levels and is an extremely active defender and rebounder. I love his competitiveness and am excited about his future in our program.”
Toney helped lead Trinity Christian to a 25-6 record and the North Carolina 1-A state championship last season. He scored a team-high 17 points to pace the Crusaders to a 70-62 state title game win over Greenfield. Toney averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the season.
Toney joins an incoming recruiting class featuring talented guard Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson. He and McGowens were AAU teammates with Team United. Toney played the 2018 spring AAU season with Team Felton before electing to rejoin the 2018 recruiting class.
PSU plays N.C. State
UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State men’s basketball team will meet N.C. State on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. The Nittany Lions and Wolfpack matchup is one of four on the slate at the iconic Boardwalk Hall with Temple vs. Davidson, Princeton vs. Iona, and Virginia Tech vs. Washington.
Boardwalk Hall, located about an hour from Philadelphia, seats 14,770 for basketball and played host to the Atlantic 10 tournament from 2007-2012.
Yaw, Diller honored
Penn State Altoona sophomores Tanner Yaw and Lauren Diller have each garnered a pair of awards for their performances in the realm of athletics and their prowess in the classroom since the end of the 2017-18 season.
At its end-of-the-year honors banquet in April, Penn State Altoona Athletics named Yaw, a participant in soccer, swimming, and volleyball, as its Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Diller, a women’s volleyball player, as its Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
PSU players go pro
UNIVERSITY PARK – A pair of recent men’s ice hockey graduates will continue their playing careers overseas for the 2018-19 campaign as both James Robinson and Erik Autio each inked professional contracts earlier this spring.
Autio will be heading back home to Finland joining former Nittany Lion teammate David Goodwin on Liiga-Saipa Oy of the SM-liiga, Finnish Elite League. Robinson will also link up with a former Penn State playing companion as he will join Tommy Olczyk in France as members of the HC Cergy-Pontoise.
n Penn State men’s golf coach Greg Nye was selected the Golf Pride Grips Northeast Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of American. It is the 11th such honor for Nye during his tenure as the Nittany Lion head coach and third in as many years.