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Summary of transfers | How 5 Former Penn State Men’s Basketball Players Succeeded With New Programs | Penn State Men’s Basketball News

Last March, five Penn State players jumped ship when they announced their decision to leave through the transfer portal and move on to new teams.

Fast forward a year later, all of the transfer players’ seasons have come to an end – some with solid conclusions and some with disappointment.

Former Nittany Lion starters guards Jamari Wheeler, Myreon Jones and Izaiah Brockington have all decided to find new homes at top teams, while forwards Trent Buttrick and Patrick Kelly have decided to go smaller.

The Brockington and Wheeler teams had strong enough seasons to make it to the NCAA Tournament, but Jones, Buttrick and Kelly sat at home watching March Madness, just like their old team.

The performance of the players dictated whether they made the right choice when leaving. Here’s how the seasons of these five transfers ended.

Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State

Former Penn State guard Izaiah Brockington probably had the best season out of five transfers.

The Cyclones closed the 2020-21 campaign last in the Big 12 with no conference wins and just two wins all season, finishing 2-22.

However, in 2021-22, coach TJ Otzelberger’s team turned the script around to finish 22-13 and advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 as the No. 11 seed.

Brockington played a major role in Iowa State’s offensive success this season, scoring a team-high 16.9 points per game and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.

In both stat categories, the Philadelphia native posted career highs for his five-year college career.

The Cyclones’ offensive leader became the conference’s fourth-leading scorer behind big names like Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji, who was named Big 12 Player of the Year.

Brockington racked up the accolades himself by being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year at the end of the regular season, while also earning a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team.

After one season with Iowa State, Brockington decided to forfeit his final season at Ames, Iowa, and declare himself for the NBA Draft.

Jamari Wheeler, Ohio State

Unlike his teammates, guard Jamari Wheeler decided to stay in conference and travel to Ohio State for his senior campaign.

Like his time with the Nittany Lions, Wheeler continued his role as a support player for coach Chris Holtmann.

Wheeler hasn’t been much of a splash in the Buckeyes’ scoring department — averaging 7.1 points per game — but it’s the most he’s scored in his five-year playing career.

The Oak, Fla. native contributed more as a general on the ground, calling plays and finding his teammates open on the floor.

Wheeler had a team-high 2.9 assists per game and led defensively, averaging 1.3 steals per game.

Ohio State’s Big Ten playoffs were cut short after they were eliminated in their first Big Ten tournament contest against Wheeler’s former team 71-68 in upset fashion.

However, in the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State took care of business in the first round, eliminating No. 10 Loyola-Chicago.

The Buckeyes went to the second round and lost to the eventual Villanova-bound Final Four.

With no more years of eligibility left, Wheeler will have to test the NBA waters or look overseas for professional play.






Forward Trent Buttrick (15) hits a rebound away from Northwestern during Penn State’s men’s basketball game against Northwestern on Saturday, January 21, 2021 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania.




Trent Buttrick, UMass

John Harrar’s backup big man in the 2020-21 season, Trent Buttrick has decided he doesn’t want to come off the bench anymore, leaving for UMass instead.

Buttrick added wear to his tires while playing his most games in a season with 32 games played.

He averaged the third-most minutes on the team and averaged a career-high 10.2 points per game.

For the Minutemen, Buttrick excelled at what he did best at Penn State – rebounding.

Fifth-year senior forward Buttrick had a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game as well as a team-high 0.7 blocks per game.

The highlight of Buttrick’s season was his record-tying 19 points against his former side in a resounding 81-56 win.

However, the Minutemen couldn’t make it in the Atlantic 10, finishing No. 10 in the conference and losing in the quarterfinals to Dayton 75-72.

Buttrick announced he would no longer be playing college basketball on Instagram in early March.

Myreon Jones, Florida

Myreon Jones was Penn State’s offensive powerhouse, leading the Nittany Lions with 15.3 points per game in 2020-21. But in his move south, his score regressed.

Jones was one of three Nittany Lion players to remain with a major program, transferring to Florida.

On the Gators, Jones averaged 8.5 points per game, ranking him as Florida’s fifth-leading scorer.

Jones’ lack of offense did not help Florida in the playoffs, as the Gators were eliminated in the first round of the SEC Tournament by Texas A&M.

Luckily for the Gators, they were invited to play in the NIT, but after a win over Iona in the first round, Florida’s season ended at the hands of Xavier.

The highlight of Jones’ season came in the middle when he dropped a season-high 23 points against Georgia.

After the game against the Bulldogs, it was all downhill for Jones who only scored double-digit points in three of the next 10 games.

Patrick Kelly, Fordham

The youngest Penn State player to transfer was forward Patrick Kelly, who spent two seasons at Happy Valley.

Kelly played his second season redshirted at Fordham, where he saw the pitch more frequently.

Despite the increased playing time, the underclass couldn’t hear his name called as a starter – but he did hit the ground in 21 games.

Off the bench, Kelly averaged 2.9 points per game and averaged 1.9 rebounds per game.

Kelly’s best game was when the Rams faced George Mason, where he had a career-high nine points.

Fordham and Kelly didn’t go too far in the playoffs, exiting in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament after losing to Davidson.

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