STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — This afternoon, Penn State University introduced Mike Rhoades as the school’s new head basketball coach. Many members of the media, student section, and players were in attendance for the press conference, including two major names for the Penn State basketball team: Evan Mahaffey and Jameel Brown, who are currently in the transfer portal. From the looks of things, despite being in the portal, there is a chance that Rhoades could retain two of Penn State’s younger players after Shrewsberry’s exit.
Despite entering the transfer portal this week, Evan Mahaffey and Jameel Brown are both in attendance for Mike Rhoades’ introductory press conference
— Seth Engle (@bigsengtweets) March 30, 2023
Two Penn State basketball transfers in attendance for Mike Rhoades’ press conference
After Micah Shrewsberry left Penn State basketball, the program essentially crumbled into dust. After finishing 23-14 overall with a NCAA tournament win and more, the Nittany Lions went from an all-time high to an all-time low just over a week ago. Once Shrewsberry left Penn State, a series exits followed, including 12 players (via decommits, the portal, the draft, and graduation), and a few assistants as well.
Two Penn State basketball transfers — Evan Mahaffey and Jameel Brown — were in attendance for today’s Mike Rhoades press conference despite having their names in the transfer portal. While nothing has been said about their status by the players, program, coaching staff, or otherwise, it appears that there is a chance that both players stick around, or are considering it at the very least. Mike Rhoades is gearing up to turn Penn State into a winner for the long-term, which could be enticing for the players and staff if they choose to stick around.
Pair of 2021 recruits could stick around
Evan Mahaffey and Jameel Brown were both members of the 2021 Penn State basketball recruiting class. With a lack of players on the roster right now, Brown and Mahaffey sticking around in Happy Valley would be massive for the program. Both players were rated as three-star recruits by the 247 Sports composite rankings — Mahaffey was ranked as the No. 42 small forward and the No. 6 player in Ohio, while Brown was ranked as the No. 20 shooting guard and No. 5 player in Pennsylvania out of high school.
With some major changes coming up for the Nittany Lions, these two players will be a big storyline to follow throughout the Penn State basketball offseason.
Thank you for reading Basic Blues Nation. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and insights on your favorite Penn State athletics. For feedback, questions, concerns, or to apply for a writing position, please email us at [email protected] or direct message us on our social media. It’s due to your support that we can become one of the market’s fastest-growing Penn State sports outlets!
Penn State football in the mix for top transfer portal WR
Penn State wrestling rolls vs. No. 20 Lehigh
Ohio State WR, former No. 1 player in PA hits transfer portal
Penn State commit, No. 1 player in Pennsylvania goes off for 4 TD performance
Penn State projected to land ESPN five-star quarterback
Big Ten defensive coordinator expresses doubt over Penn State QB Drew Allar
FB RECRUITING2 days ago
Former top-rated Penn State football commit hits the transfer portal
FOOTBALL2 days ago
Former Penn State football standout takes coordinator role at new Big Ten school
FOOTBALL1 day ago
Penn State football predicted to face defending national champions in bowl matchup
FOOTBALL3 days ago
New Penn State OC Andy Kotelnicki recently explained why he’d leave Kansas
FB RECRUITING14 hours ago
Top analyst calls Penn State commit an ‘X-factor in the Big Ten’
FOOTBALL9 hours ago
Penn State loses future punter, WR with NFL ties to the portal
FOOTBALL1 day ago
BREAKING: Penn State football earns top 10 ranking before bowl selection
FOOTBALL1 day ago
James Franklin: Peach Bowl prep is ‘valuable’ time for Andy Kotelnicki, Penn State offense