The offseason changes with the Penn State men’s basketball team continued Tuesday.
Forward Jon Graham announced Tuesday his intention to transfer and has been granted his release from the Nittany Lion program.
“Jon and I have had several meetings to discuss his future and he has decided to seek opportunities to continue his playing career elsewhere,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a statement. “Jon is a terrific young man. We thank him for his hard work and wish him the best moving forward.”
The 6-foot-8 rising junior spent three seasons on campus, with a redshirt season before playing 58 games with the Nittany Lions, starting 25 contests and averaging 15 minutes per game. Graham was on the court for 31 games this past season, starting eight times, and averaged 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He also led the Nittany Lions (10-21, 2-16 Big Ten) with 25 blocks.
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With the departure of Graham, who did not announce where he would be going, means the Nittany Lions have only two returning players who were on the roster for previous head coach Ed DeChellis — redshirt senior point guard Tim Frazier and walk-on senior forward Alan Wisniewski.
Four other student-athletes previously left the program after last season ended. Sophomore forward Patrick Ackerman and freshman guard Akosa Maduegbunam both chose to transfer. Also, Sasa Borovnjak decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and Jermaine Marshall did the same with the intention of playing professionally overseas.
Marshall has since changed his mind, according to a story on yahoo.com on Monday night, and will instead transfer. The report says Marshall will finish his undergraduate degree in August, which will make him eligible to transfer to another program without having to sit out a season. Marshall averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season.
While those men are leaving, the Nittany Lions also will have 7-foot center Jordan Dickerson transferring from SMU, shooting guard Allen Roberts arriving from Miami (Ohio) and John Johnson, who arrived in January from PIttsburgh. Geno Thorpe, Julian Moore, Peyton Banks and Graham Woodward lead the freshman recruiting class and join all the newcomers.