Penn State men’s basketball: Nittany Lions add transfer

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers is bringing in an experienced transfer to make an impact in the backcourt.

Former Miami of Ohio guard Allen Roberts will join the Nittany Lion program as a graduate transfer. Roberts has one year of eligibility and can play starting this fall.

The 6-foot-3 Roberts averaged 12.3 points last season for the Redhawks. He’s expected to help fill the void left by Jermaine Marshall, who originally left the program to turn professional, but later requested a transfer. Marshall averaged 15.3 points last season.

“Allen is a strong, physical guard with a Big Ten body,” Chambers said in a university release. “He is a good shooter and scorer, plays hard and brings great experience and a mature approach. We are excited to add him to what we feel is one of the most talented backcourts in the nation.”

Roberts becomes the second transfer to join the program in the last week, joining 7-foot center Jordan Dickerson, who has three years of eligibility remaining after leaving Southern Methodist. Dickerson must sit out a season as per NCAA transfer rules.

Roberts joins freshmen Payton Banks (6-6, Orange, Calif.), Julian Moore (6-10, Fort Washington), Geno Thorpe (6-3, Pittsburgh) and Graham Woodward (6-0, Edina, Minn.) as new players eligible in the fall. Guard John Johnson (Philadelphia), a four-time All-state player who transferred from Pittsburgh last December, will be eligible after the completion of the fall semester.

On Tuesday, Chambers also announced that former Nittany Lion forward Andrew Jones will join the program as a graduate assistant coach.

Jones is pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree.

Jones, who played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe after graduating in 2011, was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions (2008-11) and helped Penn State to the 2009 NIT championship and the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He is the 12th leading rebounder in program history with 681.

“We are very excited to be able to bring Drew back to the Penn State program,” Chambers said. “He had a terrific career as a Nittany Lion and helped lead the program to some very successful seasons. He has a tremendous work ethic and great personality, and we are looking forward to having him as part of our staff.”