Penn State's Basketball Transfer Blunders

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

STATE COLLEGE - Pa. Penn States Men's Basketball ended their season on March 11th with a loss to Wisconsin 75-74 in the Big Ten Tournament. Their final record 11-14, 7-12 in Big Ten play.

Penn State had to navigated the toughest schedule in the NCAA with interim coach Jim Ferry as head coach Pat Chambers resigned two weeks before the season started.

Only two days after the season, Penn State announced Ferry would not return after his run as the interim head coach and hired Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry.

Then the transfers came.

It started with senior big men John Harrar (seniors were granted an extra year of eligibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic). Then came fellow seniors Trent Buttrick and Jamari Wheeler. They were followed by Juniors Myreon Jones and Izaiah Brockington. Next came sophomore Seth Lundy.

That leaves Penn State with eight players on the roster and only two who played big minutes last year. Juniors Myles Dread and Sam Sessoms.

Unless some guys come back or transfer in this offseason here is what the current roster could look like.

PG Sam Sessoms (20.7 MPG)

SG Dallion Johnson (1.8 MPG)

SF Myles Dread (24.3 MPG)

PF Patrick Kelly (2.2 MPG)

C Abdou Tsimbila (4.6 MPG)

Bench D.J. Gordon (3.5 MPG), Andy Christos (0.0 MPG), Caleb Dorsey (2.2 MPG)

Only Sessoms and Dread played meaningful minutes last year for the Nittany Lions. Tsimbila would be next as he made 16 appearances for the Nittany Lions.

It is unclear what Sessoms and Dread plan to do during the offseason as both will be seniors next and cam make an impact on a winning team.

Many of the players hinted that this would be their last season in a Penn State uniform earlier this season after Chambers was let go after Brockington spoke out about the matter at a press conference earlier this month.

"As a team we want to play this season out for our Coach (Chambers) and for each other."

It does not take much to see that leaving the program was on the minds of many of the players.

Now Shrewsberry is a fantastic hire by Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour. He has worked under two great basketball minds in Purdue coach Matt Painter, and Boston Celtics and former Butler coach Brad Stevens. Shrewsberry surely has his work cut out for him. He has to build a program back up from scratch where an Athletic Department has left a sour taste in many of the athletes mouths.