Penn State basketball: Roberts decides to leave Nittany Lions

rgery@centredaily.comFebruary 19, 2014 

Allen Roberts is no longer practicing with the Penn State men’s basketball team, coach Patrick Chambers said on a teleconference on Tuesday.

The graduate student guard, who transferred to Penn State from Miami (Ohio), has played in 18 games for the Nittany Lions this season, averaging 5.7 points and 18.5 minutes per game. Roberts saw his role diminish during Big Ten play as freshmen guards Graham Woodward and Geno Thorpe earned more time.

Chambers said he and Roberts discussed his role after Penn State’s 60-55 loss to Illinois on Feb. 9.

“He wanted a bigger role, and he wasn’t playing,” Chambers said. “I can’t blame him for that, can’t blame him for that, and I just said, ‘Look, we’re going to play some freshmen.’

“And the discussion went, ‘We’re going to start playing some freshmen and I think it might be best for you to think about the next chapter of your life and think about your daughter and start working towards those goals.’”

Roberts, who remains on Penn State’s roster, did not play in six of the team’s eight games from Penn State’s matchup with Indiana on Jan. 11 to the loss to Illinois on Feb. 9.

Roberts joined the program last June after playing three seasons at Miami (Ohio). He led the Redhawks in scoring last season, averaging 12.3 points per game. Roberts was expected to add another threat on the perimeter, specifically from beyond the arc, for the Lions.

The transfer played in the first 16 games this season, but Chambers turned to Woodward and Thorpe more often during conference play. Woodward has started six games and is shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range, while Thorpe has started three games and made a difference on the defensive end.

Roberts, who has shot 30 percent from beyond the arc, managed just 2.3 points per game and went 3-for-18 from the field in the last seven games he played. In his last appearance in an 82-67 loss to Michigan State on Feb. 6, Roberts scored seven points in four minutes.

“We’re not happy with how things turned out, and he’s not happy,” Chambers said. “And he had dreams of something different and so did we. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way, it just doesn’t work out.”

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