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Son of Nittany Lion legend looking to decommit from Penn State

The son of a Penn State legend is looking to get out of his NLI with the university after the Nittany Lions lost their head coach on Wednesday.



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Feb 14, 2023; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jalen Pickett (22) passes the ball to guard/forward Myles Dread (2) during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Illinois 93-81. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

This week has not been kind to the Nittany Lion hoops program. On Wednesday, it was made official that former Penn State basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry will be leaving the program in favor of the same position with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Additionally, the Nittany Lions now have a few players in the transfer portal, Seth Lundy has declared for the NBA Draft, and now, to top things off, one of the highest rated Penn State commits in the program’s history has requested out of his NLI with PSU. Carey Booth — the son of Penn State legend Calvin Booth — will not be attending Penn State University.

Penn State basketball loses commitment from Carey Booth

Carey Booth is a highly-touted 2023 recruit, and his commitment to Penn State basketball was looking like a monumental moment for the program. His father, Calvin Booth, was a standout in the Blue and White from 1995-1999, averaging over 11 points per game, nearly four blocks per game, and 6.4 rebounds per game. Since Shrewsberry’s announcement earlier this week, the state of the program has been rapidly declining — Penn State’s 2022-23 season was a massive momentum shift for Penn State basketball seeing as the Lions finally ended their tournament drought (2011) and tournament win drought (2001).

Carey Booth is rated as a four-star 2023 recruit and is ranked as the No. 86 player in the nation, the No. 18 power forward, and the No. 4 player in the state of New Hampshire. Booth could have been a generational player for the Penn State Nittany Lions; however, with many question marks surrounding the head coaching job, nine scholarship roster spots to fill, and more, Booth has opted to play elsewhere.

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