By Marcus Shockley

Penn State landed a solid big man recruit with Patrick Ackerman, a 6’11” center who plays for Worcester (Mass.) Academy. Ackerman is in the class of 2011 and was on an official visit with the Nittany Lions when it seemed everything just clicked and he decided to commit. Known as a solid shot blocking big man who can also score the ball, Ackerman is an excellent recruiting win for Penn State.

Ackerman’s decision to come to Penn State will be crucial during his freshman season, which will see much of the frontcourt for the Nittany Lions head off to graduation. Ackerman should have ample opportunity to see minutes early and get a chance to play a significant role, even in his first year.


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