Former PSU standout and NBA product John Amaechi will be interviewed by Pete Jensen on Wednesday's ComRadio Basketball Pregame Show before Penn State takes on Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Amaechi is currently a broadcaster and political activist in the United Kingdom. The 6'10" Amaechi graduated from Penn State in 1995 and was a quality role player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz in his NBA career. His best pro season was the 1999-2000 season, when he averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 21 minutes per game for the Magic. Amaechi also played for professional squads in both Europe and Italy in his post-collegiate career.
Amaechi played college basketball at Vanderbilt, before transferring to Penn State, where he was a two-time First Team Academic All-American selection.
Courtesy of NBA.com, here are some accolades from Amaechi's five seasons in the league:
* Named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview First Team
* Scored the 1st basket in Miami's American Airlines Arena, and the 1st NBA points in the new millenium on 1/2/00
* Tied for 6th in media voting for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 1999-2000
* One of only 7 undrafted players to start an NBA game in 1999-2000
Nittany Lions set to host Buckeyes in mid-week clash
Penn State's ComRadio, as always, will bring Nittany Lion fans the most complete radio coverage available as Ryan Staloff will host the pregame show, while Pete Jensen and Eric Reed will call the action as the Penn State Nittany Lions battle the Ohio State Buckeyes.
OSU boasts national player of the year candidate Evan Turner (19.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 5.8 apg), who has proved to be one of the most versatile players in the country despite suffering a severe back injury in early December. However, while Turner may be the outright leader for the Buckeyes, the depth of this team is its greatest asset. William Buford, Jon Diebler and David Lighty all average in double figures in scoring for Thad Matta and the Bucks, and their big-man Dallas Lauderdale is a consistent force on both ends of the floor that will create matchup problems for PSU.