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Penn State basketball recruiting: Major transfer portal target to visit this weekend

The Penn State basketball team is going to host one of its top transfer portal targets on a weekend visit.

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Nov 24, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; General view of the Penn State Nittany Lions logo on the court at the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past two days, Penn State basketball recruiting has received two significant commitments. Puff Johnson, who previously played for UNC, and Qudus Wahab, both former four-star recruits, have committed to Mike Rhoades’ revamped Penn State squad via the transfer portal. With these recent acquisitions, Penn State’s basketball program has gained some much-needed identity and direction since Micah Shrewsberry’s departure in March. The program has the potential to grow even further this weekend as they host a critical transfer portal target, Noah Thomasson of Niagara, for a recruiting visit.

Penn State basketball recruiting to host major transfer portal target on a recruiting visit

Noah Thomasson, a talented player at Niagara, is seeking to advance in the college basketball world, and Penn State Nittany Lions have recently been announced as one of the finalists. Noah Thomasson was not considered a star recruit out of Richmond, TX when he was in high school, and he initially committed as a member of the 2021 recruiting class.

In his most recent college basketball season, Thomasson emerged as a leading scorer in the MAAC Conference, averaging 19.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Regardless of where this transfer portal target ultimately lands, Thomasson desires an opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

Mike Rhoades’ roster is taking shape

When Micah Shrewsberry left the program last month, the Penn State basketball roster was in disarray. The new head coach, Mike Rhoades, inherited only two scholarship players and an unhappy fan base. Despite this, Rhoades has already begun to assemble a solid roster. With the recent commitment of four-star center Qudus Wahab, the Nittany Lions have secured five transfer additions in addition to the three returning players from last year’s squad.

While there are still a few open spots, landing Thomasson could be a significant win for Penn State basketball. There is still ample time for Rhoades to finalize his roster, and he is taking things one step at a time. With Thomasson’s commitment date scheduled for May 10th, there is still some waiting left before Penn State basketball knows its full roster for the upcoming season.



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Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.

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