Penn State coach Pat Chambers is not one to back away from bold predictions. And you might remember one such statement he made following the 2011-12 season, his first with the Nittany Lions.
Now a senior, Frazier had a breakout year for the ages last winter, when he finished second in the Big Ten in scoring and steals while leading the conference in assists.
Newbill did not play in any games last season after transferring in from Southern Mississippi. Granted, in his one year at Southern Miss (2010-11), he started every outing and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
But going from that to being part of the nation's best backcourt is a pretty serious leap.
Chambers, however, is steadfast in the comment.
“I am standing by it,” he said before practice Thursday. “I'm two feet in with that one.”
“I'm really excited by what they both bring,” Chambers said. “Tim brings that speed and freakish athleticism. D.J. brings that tough, rugged, 6-foot-4, football mentality to the floor. So it's fun to watch it kind of develop.”
The duo is so dynamic, Chambers said, that he rarely allows them to be on the same team in practice. They are just too good for everybody else.
“I just realized it would be a much better practice - more competitive - for both of those guys if they spar,” Chambers said. “You are not going to go against the third-team guys. You gotta go against the best.”
Chambers tackled a variety of other topics at the on-court gathering with the press. You can see the whole thing above.