Mar 13, 2024; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Ace Baldwin Jr. (1) celebrates during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Rhoades and Penn State have reached out to players in the transfer portal.

In his inaugural season at the helm, head coach Mike Rhoades guided the Nittany Lions to an impressive debut. As they enter their first off-season under Rhoades’ leadership, all eyes are on how the coaching staff will navigate the bustling transfer portal. With five players from Penn State opting to enter the portal, several scholarship openings have emerged, inviting potential transfers to fill the void.

One such addition is Kachi Nzeh, a 6’8 center from Xavier, who committed to Penn State via the transfer portal. Nzeh’s statistics from last season portray modest contributions, averaging 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game within limited playing time. However, towards the latter part of the season, he began to see more consistent minutes on the court. With three years of eligibility left, Penn State aims to groom Nzeh into a rotational player for the upcoming season.

April signifies a crucial period for shaping rosters, and the Penn State basketball staff, led by Mike Rhoades, has been actively engaged in the transfer portal market. Among the prospects they’ve reached out to, seven stand out:

1. Brendan Wenzel – A 6’7 guard from Wyoming, renowned for his scoring prowess and rebounding abilities, particularly from long range, where he boasts a 37.7% three-point shooting accuracy.

2. Adou Thiero – A 6’8 wing from Kentucky, characterized by his slashing style of play and notable improvement since his freshman year. With impressive stats from the SEC, he brings elite size and athleticism that would benefit Penn State’s roster. Thiero currently ranks among the top 15 in 247sports’ transfer portal rankings.

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