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Pat Chambers surprises Penn State walk-on with a scholarship

Jeff Eisenberg
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To appreciate how much effort Penn State walk-on Kevin Montminy gives for the Nittany Lions, all you have to is take one look at the picture of him at the beginning of the above video.

The senior guard suffered that ghastly broken nose diving for a loose ball in practice last week.

Penn State coach Pat Chambers rewarded Montminy's hard work by surprising him with a scholarship for his final season with the Nittany Lions. Chambers gave Montminy the good news during an impromptu team huddle after a recent practice.

“Everybody who knows Kevin Montminy – is there anyone better than him,” Chambers challenged his players. “Is he the greatest brother? The greatest teammate? He is everything this program is all about.”

“We want to offer you a scholarship for this season.”

Penn State had a vacant scholarship for the 2014-15 season due to its failed pursuit of Texas A&M transfer Jamal Jones. The high-scoring swingman reportedly decided to play professionally in the NBA D-League next season rather than play his final season of college basketball.

Montminy played in 23 games as a sophomore and logged first-half minutes in 12 conference games, but the walk-on's playing time dwindled last season due to Penn State's superior guard depth. Though he logged only 14 minutes all season last year and scored only two points, he still contributed to the program with his work ethic in practice and by maintaining a 4.0 GPA off the floor. 

(Thanks, College Basketball Talk)

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