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Jon Graham to Transfer from Penn State

Forward Jon Graham has been granted a release from the Penn State basketball team and will transfer, per a news release from the athletic department.

This announcement comes a day after ESPN reported that former guard Jermaine Marshall will not attempt to go pro, but rather transfer to another school.

Graham’s departure is yet another event in what has been a wild offseason for the Nittany Lions filled with recruits committing for 2014 and 2015, and a bevy of players coming and going.

While Graham certainly wasn’t Penn State’s best player, as evidenced by the fact he regressed statistically between his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, he provided the team with solid defense (even if he was prone to getting into foul trouble, as evidenced by the fact he averaged nearly seven fouls per 40 minutes last season), hustle and effort.

More importantly, losing Graham means Penn State loses a big body and, possibly, someone who could have started at center next season. After 6’9″ sophomore Donovon Jack and 6’9″ freshman Julian Moore, Penn State doesn’t have anyone who would be a conventional center (transfer Jordan Dickerson needs to sit out one season, sophomore Brandon Taylor prefers to play on the perimeter, and junior Ross Travis is only 6’6″).

This does open up one additional scholarship for head coach Pat Chambers, which he can either use on an uncommitted freshman (however scarce those may be) or another transfer, whether it be a D-1 player looking to leave their school or a junior college player. Of course, Chambers could also hold onto this scholarship and use it in the future.

Black Shoe Diaries have an updated look at Penn State’s scholarship matrix over the next four years.

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