PSA’s Hutchins-Everett commits to Penn State
Putnam Science Academy big man Elijah Hutchins-Everett announced his commitment to Penn State on Monday, already becoming the second member of the Mustang's 2021 class to commit to a high-major school.
The New Jersey native was identified at a very early age because of his size and talent and has seen wide-ranging recruitment from various schools over the years.
“I feel like you’ve got to be consistent,” he said. “That’s why I also liked Penn State. They always stayed consistent with me. They were on me ever since I visited the school [prior to the 19-20 season] and they never stopped showing an interest in me. I feel a family atmosphere with them. I feel like they will help me be the best on and off the court. Great fan base, a lot of alumni, great atmosphere. I knew Penn State was the right fit for me, and considering everything that’s going on, it was just easier to commit right now."
Hutchins-Everett is a true big man who checks in at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds. He put up over 8 points and 5 rebounds for PSA while shooting 58% from the floor and even knocking down 9 of his 21 attempts from the three-point line. He had season highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Springfield Commonwealth.
“Elijah has a lot of skill,” Mustangs coach Tom Espinosa said. “He’s so hard to defend in the post because he’s got such size and strength, but you don’t mind if he’s floating on the perimeter a little bit because you know he can shoot it too. Penn State’s definitely getting a big-time player, and I think they’re really going to help him do it consistently.”
Consistency is the key for Hutchins-Everett. His talent is undeniable. He has great size, good hands, touch, and is now even starting to extend his game away from the basket. If he commits himself to his conditioning on a full time basis and learns to compete on a daily basis, then he has all the tools to become an impact player at the next level.