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Penn State Basketball Sees Another Transfer Portal Entry … Is Anyone Left?

The much heralded Penn State Basketball 2022-2023 recruiting class has taken another hit as Jameel Brown has announced he is entering the transfer portal.

Coming to Penn State with Kanye Clary, Kebba Njie, Demetrius Lilley and the also-portal bound Evan Mahaffey were supposed to be a huge part of the Nittany Lions‘ future.  This coupled with Seth Lundy announcing his departure to the NBA Draft and two of the three 2023-2024 commits opting out of their National Letter of Intent (Logan Imes and Carey Booth), the roster will require a LOT of overhaul for whoever the new coach is, cough Mike Rhoades

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Assuming Micah Shrewsberry’s son will also not join the Nittany Lions this fall, the Penn State scholarship roster currently stands at: PG — Kanye ClarySG — SF — PF — Kebba NjieC — Demetrius Lilley Woof.  And who knows if Clary, Njie or Lilley will stay either. 

What losing Jameel Brown means for Penn State Basketball

Jameel Brown was a recruit with a ton of upside when Shrewsberry flipped him from his commitment from the Purdue Boilermakers.  What was the fifth highest recruit at the time in school history, Brown struggled to make any impact in his first year. He only played in 14 games, averaging 4.6 minutes, 0.9 points and 1.0 rebounds. He shot a poor 18.8% from the field, 14.3% from three and really never joined the rotation. Maybe the new coach can try to keep Brown and Mahaffey and keep Imes and Booth in the blue and white, but it’s very likely we’ll have a lot of new facts in the Bryce Jordan Center this November. 

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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).