A Look Back At Seth Lundy’s Illustrious Penn State Hoops Career
Senior power forward Seth Lundy called it a career wearing blue and white after the conclusion of Penn State’s historical NCAA tournament run.
After suiting up for 122 appearances and scoring over 1,200 points for the Nittany Lions, the New Jersey native recently cemented himself as one of Penn State’s biggest contributors in recent memory.
Lundy emerged as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2019 and made his commitment to the Nittany Lions in October 2018. He attended Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, where he worked his way up to earning the distinction as the No. 8-ranked player in the state of Pennsylvania. Moreover, Lundy was the No. 48-best small forward in the nation at the time.
Ultimately, the two-way weapon made his commitment to Penn State over squads among the likes of Louisville, Marquette, Temple, and Virginia Tech. Within the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2019, Lundy began his Happy Valley journey along with forwards Abdou Tsimbila and Patrick Kelly, who both transferred away from Penn State’s program after a lone season on the roster.
During his freshman year, Lundy appeared in 31 games, gathering 15 starts. The rookie guard averaged just over five points per game, but he efficiently shot almost 40% from behind the arc in 14.8 minutes per matchup.
The freshman shined in a pivotal, program-altering upset at Purdue, where he logged 34 minutes. Lundy shot lights out at Mackey Arena, going six-for-nine from deep as he accumulated a season-high 18 points in a win over the Boilermakers.
“My freshman year I felt like we had a really good team, I feel like we could’ve had a deep run in the tournament,” Lundy said at the 2023 NCAA Tournament. “Obviously, COVID ruined that.”
Pat Chambers’ bunch went 21-10 throughout Lundy’s freshman year, equating to the team’s first 20-win season since 2009. Even more, the team reached as high as No. 9 in the AP Top-25 poll that go-around. However, Penn State missed out on the NCAA Tournament after it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Then, things took a turn to start the 2020-21 season for the Nittany Lions. Not only did star guard Lamar Stevens head to the NBA Draft but longtime coach Pat Chambers announced his resignation from the program following an internal investigation. The void of the program’s bonafide cornerstone in Stevens and its decade-tenured leader in Chambers forced Lundy to instantly step up as a sophomore.
Despite a shaky start to the season, Lundy doubled his production from the prior year. The guard willed himself to average just over 10 points per game, coupled with more than four rebounds per outing to go with it.
Lundy also put up a career-high 32 points in a game that campaign against VCU. The guard shot 57% from the field, highlighted by nabbing five three-pointers. The clinic was also rounded off by four rebounds and two blocks, proving that the lanky sophomore had the ability to excel on both ends of the court.
After interim head coach Jim Ferry was released from his season-long role, Nittany Lion veterans Lundy and John Harrar entered the transfer portal ahead of the 2021-22 season. Fortunately, both returned just as Penn State found its new head coach in Micah Shrewsberry.
Shrewsberry brought in guard Jalen Pickett who breathed fresh air into a struggling team, which, in turn, directly correlated to Lundy’s steady progression continuing on a linear track as a junior.
Within his third year, Lundy started all of his 30 games for the Nittany Lions, averaging a career-high 32.4 minutes per game. Furthermore, the guard shot a career-high 86.7% from the charity stripe.
Lundy found himself scoring double digits in 20 games, dropping more than 15 points eight times. His best game of that year came against Cornell when he shot five-for-eight from behind the arc on his way to tallying 23 points.
Despite Lundy putting up 356 points on the season, Penn State would once again fall under .500 in Shrewsberry’s first year, finishing third-to-last in the Big Ten.
Lundy would save his best season for last as he set many career highs in his final year. A handful of transfers late in their career would be just what the Nittany Lions needed to make an important postseason run.
The senior averaged a career-high 14.2 points per game after starting in all 36 of his games. Lundy also achieved career highs in three-point shooting percentage (40%) and rebounds per game (6.3). The senior’s hard work served as one of the main factors that helped lead the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2001.
“This year we just had, we really put Penn State back on the map,” Lundy said after Penn State’s NCAA Tournament loss to Texas. “I just hope that they keep it going in the future.”
The power forward served as a key contributor for the blue and white for four consecutive seasons. As it stands, Lundy will go down as one of the most consistent players in recent history.
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