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Lions dealing with portal problems

Micah Shrewsberry

From Mirror reports

On Monday, Penn State hired Micah Shrewsberry as its new men’s basketball coach. As of right now, he might want to start refilling his roster.

According to several published reports from media outlets, including The Athletic, PennLive.com and SportsIllustrated.com, six members of the men’s team from this season entered the NCAA Transfer portal on Tuesday.

Those allegedly in the portal are starters Myreon Jones, John Harrar, Jamari Wheeler and Izaiah Brockington. Seth Lundy and Trent Buttrick have also reportedly entered as well. Lundy started 15 games for the Lions, who finished 11-14. Jones was the leading scorer while Harrar was the team’s top rebounder.

In all, the six Nittany Lions represent 78 percent of the team’s scoring and 76 percent of the team’s player minutes. Jones, Brockington, Harrar and Lundy were the team’s top four scorers, and Harrar led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding. Wheeler was named to the all-defensive team this year.

Shrewsberry, who is currently the associate head coach with the Purdue men’s team, will remain in Indianapolis with the Boilermakers until the team is done. He replaced interim coach Jim Ferry, who was named to succeed Patrick Chambers, who stepped down last October after an internal investigation into his conduct with the team. He had been the coach for nine seasons.

According to NCAA rules, players can enter the portal but still return to their original team. Published reports have shown that Harrar has already drawn the most interest from a group of teams such as Pitt, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, Louisville, Miami, Fla. and La Salle.

When Penn State hired women’s coach Carolyn Kieger two seasons ago, she welcomed five transfers into her program in her first season.

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