Penn State Hoops Transfer Roundup

Penn State men’s basketball has gotten off to a fairly solid 4-2 start this season under first-year head coach Micah Shrewsberry. Since Shrewsberry has taken over, however, a lot of stars have left the program to go to new places.

Some of these familiar faces went on to play against their former teammates and former team in Penn State earlier this season. Others have shined in new roles and new systems.

Without further ado, check out how Penn State’s former stars have fared so far this season.

Myreon Jones, Florida

After transferring, Jones was named starting guard for the Gators this season. However, his offensive production is down from his last two seasons with Penn State. Through six games, he has averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

His season-high 13 point-game was against Cal, but his best overall game was a 12-point, six-rebound night against a ranked Florida State team. The Gators are currently 6-0, and Jones will be a big part of how well they do moving forward. They next play Oklahoma on Wednesday, December 1.

Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State

Brockington is having a career-best season for the Cyclones, and he is part of the reason they are off to a 6-0 start. As a starter for the first six games, he has averaged 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.

To begin the season, he had two double-doubles, going for 10 points and 12 rebounds against Oregon State and 23 points and 13 rebounds against Alcorn State. His best game of the season was a 30-point performance against a ranked Xavier.

Jamari Wheeler, Ohio State

This transfer stung a lot of people since Wheeler joined a conference rival, but statistically speaking, he has not done a whole lot so far. While being named a starter, he has averaged just five points and nearly four assists a game. He has not had a double-digit scoring performance this season.

Wheeler is known for is his aggressive defense, though. Those metrics aren’t as easy to quantify as points scored. He is averaging only 1.3 steals per game, which is tied for a career-low. It is only six games in, so his numbers could improve.

Nittany Lions fans will get to see Wheeler play in a different jersey when the Buckeyes come to State College on Sunday, December 6.

Trent Buttrick, UMass

Penn State fans know all too well how Buttrick has been doing this season. His 19-point and nine-rebound night against his former team remains his best performance of the season. He is currently averaging 14.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.

UMass has been a sneaky team this season despite its 5-3 record. So far, the Minutemen are 2-0 against the Big Ten and just beat Rutgers at home.

Rasir Bolton, Gonzaga

Although Bolton transferred from Penn State in 2018 and then transferred from Iowa State in 2021, he seems to have found his home up in Spokane. Currently, he is averaging 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and two assists per game.

The Bulldogs don’t need Bolton to be lights out since they already have an extremely talented team, but he’s certainly helped as a role player so far. As a starter in seven games, his best performances came against ranked teams. He dropped 16 points on No. 7 Texas and had his best overall game against No. 1 Duke, scoring 15 points and bringing down six rebounds.

Abdou Tsimbila, Fordham

Tsimbila is the only transfer who has yet to crack the starting lineup for his new team. Currently, he is averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

His best performances have ultimately occurred in losses for Fordham, as he scored six points and secured four rebounds in defeats to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Delaware.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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