Former Miami of Ohio guard Allen Roberts has made the decision to transfer to Penn State and play basketball for the Nittany Lions, according to Alex Kline of Rivals.com. Roberts helps to fill a void that was formed when Jermaine Marshall, the team’s second leading scorer last season, made the decision to forgo his senior year.
Roberts has one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting his junior season. This past season ended early for Roberts after a meniscus tear 28 games into the year, but the injury is minor and he said at the time that it would take about six weeks to fully recover and get back on the court.
“Just to sit out one or two games irks my nerves,” he said after the injury. “From a personal standpoint, I did OK this year. But losing is terrible. I would rather win than have individual glory any day.”
The injury is somewhat worrisome as it is now Roberts’ second right knee injury. He was forced to redshirt his junior season due to an injury in the same knee.
The former Miami Ohio guard averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game this year while shooting 38.8 percent from the field. He has a similar build to Marshall and will give Penn State’s impressive guard tandem of D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier a much-needed scoring option. Because Roberts will be enrolling as a graduate student, he’ll be able to play right away for the Nittany Lions.
It is not clear why Roberts made the decision to transfer from Miami University, but he did tweet this in April:
All that Miami gear going in the DUMPSTER!!!!!!
— Got The Juice✨ (@FREEBAND_GLOBAL) April 11, 2013
Roberts later said that he “doesn’t associate” with Miami anymore and that whatever school he decides to transfer to will be “legit”. This is certainly a solid pickup for a Penn State basketball team that is low on scorers.