BTN.com staff, January 13, 2016
Who gets your vote for the best player in Penn State basketball history?
We came up with a list of 12 Nittany Lion greats, and now it's your job to rank them. Read each player's bio below, then below that rank them No. 1 through 12 via our SurveyMonkey poll. You can only submit your list once, so make sure you get it right. The top results of this fan survey will be announced on TV's "BTN Live" in February. We're rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks.
John Amaechi (1993-95): First-team All-Big Ten in 1995; 13th in PSU points (1,310), the most for any PSU player who played less than four seasons; had 38 double-doubles; led PSU to third place finish in 1995 NIT; one of just five PSU players to have at least 1,300 points and 700 rebounds; second in PSU history in blocks (191)
Jesse Arnelle (1952-55): The only PSU first-team All-American ever; PSU all-time leading rebounder (1,238); leads PSU in scoring average (21.0 ppg) and rebounding average (12.1 rpg); held school?s scoring mark for 56 years (2,138); led PSU to three NCAA tourneys, including PSU?s only Final Four; also a football All-America honorable mention
Freddie Barnes (1988-92): Second in assists (641); one of three Lions to lead PSU in assists for three seasons; one of four players to have 1,000-plus points, 400-plus rebounds, and 300-plus assists in career; part of most successful PSU teams-reached postseason all four years (3 NITs, 1 NCAA), four-straight 20-win seasons; PSU record 87 wins
Talor Battle (2008-11): PSU all-time leading scorer (2,213 points); one of four NCAA D1 players to finish career with 2,000-plus points, 600 rebounds, and 500-plus assists; Big Ten record for minutes played; first-team All-Big ten twice; AP All-American Honorable Mention in 2011; led PSU in scoring all four years; team MVP all four years; third in career assists (517); second in 3-point field goals made (317); second in field goals (722); third in free throws (452); eighth in steals (145); 14th in rebounds (625)
Calvin Booth (1996-99): PSU leading shot blocker, second in Big Ten (428); 1998 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year; only PSU player to have a triple double; finished career with 1,288 points (14th overall) and 728 rebounds (8th overall); led team to 1996 NCAA Tournament and 1998 NIT Final; Second-team All-Big Ten
Geary Claxton (2004-08): One of three PSU players to have 1,500-plus points and 700-plus rebounds in career; seventh in scoring (1,542); fourth in rebounds (755) (was on pace to be third in both before tearing ACL with 15 games left in senior year); led PSU in scoring in three straight seasons; 26 career double-doubles; second-team All-Big Ten (2007), third-team (2006)
Jamelle Cornley (2006-09): Led PSU to first ever NIT title in 2009 and was tourney MVP; fifth in scoring (1,579 points) and fourth in rebounds (755); averaged double-doubles in all four seasons; 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year; second-team All-Big Ten (2009), third-team (2008), honorable mention (2007 and 2008)
Joe Crispin (1998-2001): First-team All-Big Ten (2001), second-team (2000); third all-time scorer (1,986); third in 3's (308); fourth in assists (485); second in FT percentage (.885); led team to 2001 NCAA Sweet 16, 2000 NIT semifinals, 1998 NIT final
Tim Frazier (2009-14): PSU leader in assists (641); Third-team All-Big Ten (2014); averaged 18.8 points, 6.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals a night as a junior (season ended in injury); has three of the Top 10 single-season totals in PSU record book, Big Ten All Defensive Team (2012)
Mike Lang (1979-83): One of two players to have 1,000-plus points and 800-plus rebounds; second in PSU history in rebounds (912); first-team All-Atlantic 10 (1983); 24 career double-doubles; 10th in career steals (133)-remarkable because he was a center
D.J. Newbill (2013-15): Finished with 1,812 points and 288 assists in just three seasons at PSU; second-team All-Big Ten (2014 and 2015); honorable mention All-Big Ten (2013)
Jarrett Stephens (1995-00): First-team All-Big Ten (2000); one of five PSU players to have 1,300-plus points and 700-plus rebounds; holds PSU record for single season shooting percentage (64%); ninth in PSU history in scoring (1,372) and 10th in rebounds (703); helped PSU to third-place finish in 2000 NIT