Penn State Hoops’ Sam Sessoms Enters Transfer Portal
Update, 2:43 p.m.: Sam Sessoms officially announced his decision to enter the NCAA transfer portal Thursday afternoon, via a post on his Instagram account.
“To my brothers, I love y’all and I’m going to cherish the moments we had together,” Sessoms wrote. “Thanks for pushing me everyday and being there for me.”
Original Story: Penn State men’s basketball guard Sam Sessoms has entered the transfer portal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Sessoms appeared in 55 games over his two-year career as a Nittany Lion, averaging 10.1 points, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 43.3% from the field.
Head coach Micah Shrewsberry discussed Sessoms’ future, along with veteran Myles Dread’s, at the team’s media availability session Tuesday. At that time, the outlook was unclear.
“Everybody needs a minute to kind of get away from each other I think,” Shrewsberry said. “You spent so much time with each other every day from the start of the summer, and then you get a couple of weeks off and then the start of the fall. So we’ll get together and have more in-depth meetings in terms of what those guys want to do with their futures.”
Sessoms, a former transfer from Binghamton, averaged 11.6 points and 2.6 assists, while also shooting 42% from beyond the arc in an inconsistent 2021-22 season. As a veteran presence on the floor, Sessoms ranked third on the Nittany Lions’ list of scorers this year, though he also led the team in turnovers per game (2.2).
Concerns over the turnovers and similar mistakes throughout this season eventually led to a decreased role for Sessoms. Despite relegation to a bench role, Sessoms eventually experienced a minor resurgence and earned praise from Shrewsberry.
“It’s hard to take when you’re somebody that’s been counted on when you’re somebody that scores a lot,” Shrewsberry said. “When you play [about] nine minutes, there’s two things you can do: You can go in the locker room and be a locker room lawyer…or you can go back and fix it, and you can take ownership. That says a lot about his character, who he is as a person, [and] his resiliency to just bounce back and play.”
Sessoms has yet to officially confirm his entrance into the portal. If he were to exit the program, he would do so with one remaining year of eligibility.
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