Though all of the paperwork is not complete, Penn is expecting to add seven new players in a 2011 recruiting class that includes 6-foot-5 forward Xavier Harris of Constitution High.
Since Penn competes in the Ivy League, where basketball scholarships do not exist, prospective players do not have to sign binding letters of intent.
Penn coach Jerome Allen cannot comment on his recruits until everything becomes official. That will be after applicants are accepted by the Penn admissions office and after they send in the required enrollment fee.
Where the various Penn hopefuls are in this process is uncertain, though it is believed that Allen is almost ready to announce his first group of new Quakers since being named head coach in March 2010.
That year, he mostly followed up on the players his predecessor, Glen Miller, had initiated talks with prior to his being fired. Allen was on Miller's staff and helped with recruiting.
Penn went 13-15 overall and 7-7 in the Ivy League in Allen's first full season as head coach. After taking over for Miller as interim coach after seven winless games in 2009, Allen was on the bench as Penn finished 6-24 and 5-9.
While the Quakers have a dangerous threesome on the perimeter coming back in all-Ivy League guard Zack Rosen, sophomore guard Miles Cartwright, and swingman Tyler Bernardini, they lost much of their size with the departures of 6-8 captain Jack Eggleston, 6-9 Andreas Schreiber, and 6-7 Conor Turley.
Penn's expected 2011 recruiting class:
Henry Brooks, 6-8, forward, Miller Grove High School, Lithonia, Ga.
Greg Louis, 6-7, forward, William T. Dwyer High, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Patrick Lucas-Perry, 6-0, guard, Flint Powers Catholic High, Flint, Mich.
Camryn Crocker, 6-3, guard, Los Alamitos High, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Keelan Cairns, 6-10, forward, Barking Abbey School, London.
Simeon Esprit, 6-6, guard, Barking Abbey School, London.
Notes. Though an official announcement has not been made, Penn, La Salle, Pitt, Robert Morris, James Madison, and Rider are expected to participate in the 2011 Philly Classic. . . . Former Penn guard Andy Toole (Class of 2003) was hired as the head coach at Robert Morris.