Penn State men’s basketball adds guard Logan Imes in Class of 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State signed three new recruits for its 2023 National Signing Day Class.
One recruit from the class has close ties to coach Micah Shrewsberry and fellow signee Braeden Shrewsberry. 6-foot-4 Logan Imes from Zionsville, Indiana, knows the Shrewsberrys well.
The No. 25 combo guard, per 247Sports, had offers from Creighton, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Butler before committing to Happy Valley. Assistant coach Mike Farrelly sees a fit in State College for Imes based on his Indiana bloodline.
“Zionsville, Indiana, heart of the Big Ten country,” Farrelly said.
In the daily grind of the Big Ten, hard work and culture fit are big factors for success. Farrelly knows what he’s getting from Imes.
“He is a hard worker,” Farrelly said. “I think that’s part of the culture that we’re trying to build.”
Imes ended his junior season at Zionsville Community High School putting up 17.8 points per game, shooting 48% from the floor and 32% from behind the arc.
A big worry about the three-star recruit was his shooting. The coaching staff saw his shot confidence skyrocket over the last two years.
“The way he’s improved his shooting over the last couple of years has been really impressive,” Farrelly said. “He’s gone from probably a reluctant or below average shooter to a guy that’s super confident.”
The improvement in shooting the rock is a result from constantly being in the gym. Imes spent time perfecting his craft, and the coaches took notice.
“He’s always in the gym,” Farrelly said. “He really worked hard on his game.”
Not only does Imes pose a threat on the perimeter, but he can also find himself dishing the ball out to his teammates. He averaged 3.6 assists per game during his junior campaign.
The opportunities are limitless in the eyes of Farrelly, where the usage of the three-star can create offense for the team.
“He’s a good basketball player you can put in many situations,” Farrelly said.
He also adds a versatility on offense when attacking the cup with a quick burst off the dribble at his 6-foot-4 frame.
Not only can Imes provide a threat offensively, but his long arms can provide disruptions for opposing teams. The ability to block shots out on the perimeter adds to the Nittany Lions’ size.
The six degrees of separation doesn’t travel far between Penn State and Imes. In fact, the three-star just needs to look at his fellow signee Braeden Shrewsberry.
The duo were teammates on the Indiana Elite AAU team in the Adidas circuit. The time together provided chemistry, and the families conversing between one another helped Penn State’s case.
“I spent a lot of time with Logan and his family throughout this process,” Micah Shrewsberry said. “I think they believed in what we’re doing.”
Imes is one of three players signed to Penn State on National Signing Day. The class marks the second top 30 class Shrewsberry has signed in as many seasons as head coach.
Jonathan Draeger is a third year broadcast journalism major. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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