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Geno Thorpe To Leave Penn State Basketball Team

Tough news for hoops fans: Penn State basketball announced Thursday evening that Geno Thorpe will not return to the team next season. Thorpe, a sophomore guard known for his defensive intensity, quirky attitude, and occasional offensive explosiveness, was poised to be one of the most experienced returning starters next season.

“We thank Geno for his two years at Penn State and wish him well,” Chambers said in a brief release that lent no clue to the reason for Thorpe’s departure.

In 66 games over two season, Thorpe averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds. His contributions, however, are not easily quantifiable, as he earned a reputation as one of the conference’s best on-ball defenders, as well as a scrappy teammate.

With D.J. Newbill gone, Penn State’s basketball will return little experience. Freshman point guard Shep Garner played shakily last season, but will be called upon as a leader of a suddenly young starting five.

We’ll miss you, Geno.

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