Penn State basketball is trusting a process with its latest verbal commitment. On Tuesday night, the Nittany Lions received a pledge from Class of 2019 forward Abdou Tsimbila of St. Maria Goretti High in Hagerstown, Md.

Tsimbila is a 6-foot-8, 225-pounder who played his first season in the United States last year. Prior to that, his only experience was in his native Cameroon. The African nation, of course, has gained a measure of notoriety among American basketball fans because it is the home of Philadelphia 76ers’ superstar Joel Embiid, aka “The Process.”

While nobody is expecting Embiid-like things for Tsimbila — his other most notable offers as of this writing were from George Mason, South Alabama and Coppin State — Pat Chambers and his staff made their offer in early May no doubt attempting to beat a rush that may come when summer-league ball really heats up this month.

"I am committing to this school because they have everything I need and I’m really happy to (join) a big family and I want to say thank you to Coach Chambers and Coach (Keith) Urgo for giving me the opportunity,” Tsimbila said via Twitter.

Tsimbila is said to still be adjusting to the American game, and is thought to have a significant upside. He is considered a physical post presence who can block shots, rebound well and score close to the bucket. He reportedly has a solid hook shot. His game (to this point, at least) as been compared to that of a young Mike Watkins.

Prep Hoops contributor Adam Ayalew posted a short video of Tsimbila in recent action at The Hoops Group Team Camp.

In a story from last season, high school teammate RJ Blakney raved about Tsimbila, saying, “He’s a big dude. He goes hard every moment. He’s the big difference in our team from last year.”

In the same piece, Goretti coach Matt Miller said, “When I first met him, I was like, ‘Man, this kid is huge.’ He eats up a lot of space. You see high school kids 6-8, 6-9, 6-10. They don’t look like him. He may be that wide.”

But he is also reportedly very raw — again, owing to his limited time playing ball in the United States. Nevertheless, Penn State brought him in for a visit in the spring and was said to be so impressed by what it saw of Tsimbila as an athlete and person that it offered.

Tuesday night, he took the Nittany Lions up on the offer.

Tsimbila is the second member of Chambers’ Class of 2019, joining Virginia small forward Patrick Kelly. Kelly committed to the Lions in February over offers from UNLV, Providence and others.

Penn State is coming off a season where it went 26-13 and won the NIT. The Nittany Lions went 9-9 in the Big Ten and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Not long after the season, Chambers, who took over the program in 2011, was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. That extension became official May 3, or two days before Tsimbila scored his offer.