By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Penn Quakers will face their toughest test of the season to date on Friday night as they visit an undefeated University of Iowa squad at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Penn sits at 1-2 on the young season. The Quakers have sandwiched a road win at Monmouth with home losses to Temple and Penn State. Head coach Jerome Allen breaks down what he has seen though three games.
“It’s promising, but we need a lot of work,” Allen tells KYW Newsradio. “I just think the biggest thing for us is that we have to just keep it basic and cover the details better than our adversary. But I think these guys have a bright future. We are positive as a staff and we still think that we will obtain our goals.”
The Quakers are being led by a couple of sophomores here in the early going. Guard Tony Hicks leads the team in scoring at 18.3 points a game. 6’11” Center Darien Nelson-Henry is right behind him in scoring, pouring in 18 points, while pulling down a team high 8.7 rebounds a contest.
“He’s been a pretty significant force for us in the middle,” Allen says of Nelson-Henry. “I’ve appreciated his attempt to just try and control what he can control and obviously the numbers don’t lie thus far. I hope he continues to play at that pace. But at the end of the day, I think his teammates have done an extremely good job of trusting him and finding him on the floor in pockets where he can score the ball for us.”