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The transfer portal is about to become Penn State’s best friend

The Nittany Lions have plenty of spots to fill across the board.



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Mar 18, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Andrew Funk (10) and guard Camren Wynter (11) and guard Myles Dread (2) look on during the first half against the Texas Longhorns at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

This week, the Nittany Lions’ basketball program lost its head coach. With the departure of Micah Shrewsberry comes many question marks for the Penn State basketball team heading into the 2023-24 season next winter. On top of finding a new head coach, Penn State is going to need to fill around 8-9 scholarship roster spots — for those of you new to the college basketball scene, that is ridiculous. That being said, with the recent addition of the transfer portal, Penn State is likely going to bring in a lot of outside talent to meet its immediate needs next season.

Penn State basketball fans: get ready to watch the transfer portal closely

When I say that next year’s Penn State basketball team is going to look much different, I mean it. From top to bottom, from the coaching staff to the roster itself, the Nittany Lions are going to be a brand new program for better or for worse. With Penn State’s lacking NIL funding and uncertain future, getting transfers to fall in love with the Nittany Lions’ program may be tough; however, we trust that Pat Kraft will find the right person to handle this massive task.

Since Wednesday, Penn State has lost 11 players (six to graduation, two to the transfer portal, and three from the 2023 recruiting class). That being said, Penn State still has three contributors remaining from the 2022 class, so that will leave the Nittany Lions with eight scholarship roster spots to fill assuming nothing else changes between now and next season (which, in all honestly, things likely will).

So far, from the 2022-23 roster, here are the players that Penn State basketball is losing:

Additionally, here are the two transfers and three decommits that Penn State has seen thus far:

  • Caleb Dorsey (transfer)
  • Dallion Johnson (transfer)
  • Breadon Shrewsberry (decommit)
  • Logan Imes (decommit)
  • Carey Booth (decommit)

With all of these spots available, the Nittany Lions have few options but to look for solutions in the transfer portal. Our hope if that whoever Kraft ends up hiring to take over as the new Penn State basketball coach will be a good portal recruiter with one hell of a sales pitch to get some talent through the door as soon as possible.

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