Report: Penn State Hoops Star John Harrar Enters Transfer Portal

The King of Delco era has potentially come to a close in Happy Valley.

Penn State men’s basketball’s star big man John Harrar has reportedly entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to a few reports.

Harrar’s reported decision comes just a day after Penn State announced interim head coach Jim Ferry would not be offered the full-time position. Instead, the university hired former Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry. Shrewsberry joins the Nittany Lions boasting experience with Butler and the Boston Celtics.

Penn State asked a lot of Harrar this season after the departure of stars Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins, and he was more than ready for the call. The senior put up five double-doubles on the season, including 12 performances with double-digit rebounds, and a career-high 17 points against Michigan State.

Harrar battled some of the Big Ten’s premier big men throughout his final season in Happy Valley, as he averaged 8.8 rebounds and points per game and shot 54.9% from the field.

After being recruited for football coming out of high school as a tight end and even receiving an offer from Army, the 6’9″ power forward eventually elected to play for Pat Chambers’ program. Harrar developed alongside Mike Watkins as a big man and eventually became one of the team’s key leaders this past season for Ferry, alongside Jamari Wheeler.

While he’s already played four full years of college basketball, the NCAA has granted one more year of eligibility to its student-athletes following the pandemic.

If the reports are true, it’s currently unclear where Harrar will play his final year of college hoops. According to reports, a handful of schools including Maryland, Michigan State, and Pitt have shown interest.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

‘It Was A Pretty Memorable Experience’: Penn State Club Baseball Wins Back-To-Back National Titles

After winning the Club Baseball World Series in 2023, the team repeated in 2024.

Penn State Football Setting Up Future Success With Defensive Back Recruiting

Two highly regarded defensive backs recently joined the Nittany Lions’ recruiting class of 2025.

Report: Penn State Football Defensive End Zuriah Fisher Out Indefinitely

Fisher made 13 appearances in 2023 after returning from injury in 2022.