Penn State Basketball

Penn State Basketball Scores Big with Key Addition from Transfer Portal

In the never ending unique recruiting battles, Penn State Basketball head coach Mike Rhoades recruited Zach Hicks out of transfer from Temple.

The Owls, now coached by former Micah Shrewsberry Assistant Adam Fisher, lose a key piece for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.
Hicks played in all 32 games last season, averaging 9.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. 


What Zach Hicks Brings to Penn State Basketball

The 6’7″ forward shot decently well from behind the arc too, averaging over 36%. At just 185 lbs, he will likely play small or power forward for the Nittany Lions (although he’d likely have been the Center a year ago).
A 3-star, top 300 recruit in the nation, he committed to and played for former Philadelphia 76er Aaron McKie in Philadelphia. The New Jersey native had offers from Drexel, La Salle and Missouri coming out of college.
Hicks was said to be between both Georgetown and Penn State.  Georgetown is also under a new first year head coach (and was another rumored location for our former Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry before he choose Notre Dame).  He should have two years of eligibility left at a minimum. 
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About Author

Evan Smith

Evan Smith is an alum of Penn State (Marketing, Economics, 2011) and a basketball season ticket holder since 2006. NittanyCentral is his second reporting job following the Men's Basketball program. He co-founded and co-hosts the Shots Gotta Fall - The Penn State Basketball Podcast (the premiere, the best, the only) with Steve Travis. Smith's most proud moment covering the team was seeing the national No. 9 ranking during Pat Chambers' last year. His most embarrassing moment was spending almost a thousand dollars to travel 2,000 miles in 46 hours to watch the Nittany Lions lose to Temple in the 2011 NCAA Tournament (screw you Juan Fernandez).