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#1 von wh3171 , 22.02.2020 06:17

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- When Patrick Chambers looks down at his lineup sheet, he sees more potential and more options than in his five previous seasons at Penn State.Hes spent the last few weeks trying to figure out where they fit and acknowledges that may take a while. But thats a good thing considering they come from the programs two best recruiting classes and a group of solid veterans fresh off their best Big Ten season under Chambers. But that was still just 7-11 and Chambers knows itll take more than a one-man, sometimes two-man offensive show to do any better.By mixing up his lineups early in the season, Chambers hopes to take some of the pressure off of leading returning scorer Shep Garner. Distributing minutes will also be a focus as Chambers is implementing a new gameplan based on speed and maximizing possessions. Penn State was last in the Big Ten with 65.8 points per game last season.We want to score 80 (per game), Chambers said. Were going to press a little bit more. Were going to push it, make or miss, as often as we can. We need 8 to 10 more steals. Weve got to reduce fouls. So everybody understands and has a clear goal of who were going to be, what our identity is.A lot of that identity will be drawn from Garner.The soft-spoken junior is the teams leading returning scorer (14.8) and spent time organizing pickup games with his teammates, trying to be more vocal in the wake of do-it-all forward Brandon Taylors departure. Garner is looking forward to playing in a system where the focus will be on opening him up for more shots. He led Penn State with 75 3-pointers on 205 attempts.I think playing faster, it gets us used to taking what they give us, Garner said. It isnt going to be a bunch of pass the ball around. The quicker we can get down the basketball court and score, the better.OPTIONS FOR SHEP: Freshman Tony Carr is expected to help out at point guard as are Terrence Samuel and Josh Reaves. Its part of Chambers plan to free Garner up to play without the ball and set up his own shot. Chambers believes Garner can use his athleticism to get open the old fashioned way rather than relying on dribble hand-offs and screens to do so.Samuel is an intriguing option. He won a national championship as a freshman at UConn before transferring to Penn State and sitting out last season per NCAA rules.Terrence can bring a toughness that we sorely need. Hes been there. Hes done it, Chambers said.A look at some other storylines heading into the season:PHILLY GUYS: Garner is a Roman Catholic High School graduate and will be joined by three others this season. Carr was the top-rated recruit in the state and will play this season along with two more from the Philadelphia school. Penn States first Top 30 recruiting class also includes guard Nazeer Bostick and forward Lamar Stevens and Joe Hampton, the No. 3 overall recruit from Virginia.MORE FROM MOORE: Penn State will need a big improvement on the glass from its biggest player. Forward Julian Moore was fifth on the team with 102 rebounds last season but will have more chances with Taylor and Jordan Dickerson gone. Chambers said previously the 6-foot-10 junior was caught up with trying to score and has renewed his focus on defense.REAVES BIGGER: After a freshman season that started with back-to-back steals turned into dunks, finished with bumps and bruises with a long battle against mononucleosis sandwiched in between, Reaves experienced plenty of growing pains last year. Named the teams preseason MVP, Reaves spent the offseason growing. He added 20 pounds to better handle the rigors of Big Ten play. His absence was felt when he missed six games with mono. The team went 1-5 without the stingy defender. 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PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke is making slow progress in his return from injury, too slow for his liking.It would have been nice to be back a week ago, he said before Wednesdays game against Toronto, his first public comments since he went on the disabled list July 3 with a left oblique strain.Greinke was to try to throw off the mound nice and easy later Wednesday, manager Chip Hale said, then probably the first full bullpen will be in a couple of days.Greinke had rounded into his usual form in a series of starts before the injury, reeling off seven consecutive victories. He is 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA.Asked if he was frustrated by the injury, Greinke said, thats a perfect word.It took a lot more time, he said. Its just a bad injury where you have to wait for it to heal before doing stuff. Im used to having stuff bother me all the time and just going through it. But with this one, you cant do that or else it gets worse.Greinke was hurt when he hit a sacrifice fly early in a June 28 game against Philadelphia. He left the game after feeling something wrong when he returned to the mound the next inning.Greinkke signed a $206.dddddddddddd5 million, six-year contract in the offseason, and the Diamondbacks have been cautious with his rehab.You dont want to ever push it and then you have to lose him for another month, start from zero, Hale said, so well be careful.Greinke has input in the recovery process.Hes the smartest guy Ive been around in baseball, Hale said. He knows his own body as good as anybody. He knows what it takes to be ready for a major league game.Greinke said he played catch from 120-150 feet on Tuesday.Yesterday was the first day I threw where I was close to throwing normal, he said. Every other time was really babying everything.Greinke declined to give a timetable for his return.I dont want to say the perfect plan, because then you expect perfect results, he said, and I dont want to say a plan thats slower because thats not the goal and then people wouldd think Im not trying to get back.He said its more than likely he will require a minor league injury rehabilitation start or two. ' ' '

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