Jalen Pickett AP

It is a new chapter in the book of basketball at Penn State.

A new coach has taken over the program and is already making waves. Former Boston Celtics and Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry was announced as the captain of the ship on March 15.

But Shrewsberry had his work cut out for him as soon as he arrived — most of the 2020-21 starters opted to enter the transfer portal.

Shrewsberry immediately started to repair the holes in the lineup, dipping into the transfer portal himself.

Here’s a look at the current transfers into the program and the impact they could have.

Greg Lee, forward

In the offseason, Penn State needed another big man to support forward John Harrar off the bench.

Western Michigan transfer Greg Lee checks all the boxes left open after forward Trent Buttrick transferred to the University of Massachusetts.

Lee brings the size, coming in at 6-foot-9 and being tied for tallest on the team with Harrar.


Not only is Lee’s size a difference maker for the Nittany Lions, but his stats show off his production in his time with Western Michigan.

In the 2020-21 season, Lee was a rebounding machine for the Broncos: He racked up an average of 7.2 rebounds per game.

For the blue and white, Harrar was virtually the standalone rebounder, putting up 8.8 rebounds per game. The next closest Penn State player in the rebounding category was now-departed Izaiah Brockington with 4.9.

Lee will help Harrar and the Nittany Lions in the rebounding department, where the blue and white ranked eighth in the Big Ten.

Jalen Pickett, guard

With Penn State’s do-it-all player Izaiah Brockington transferring to Iowa State, the Nittany Lions needed to find a new playmaker.

The blue and white went out and got one of the best players in the MAAC conference in guard Jalen Pickett.

Pickett was voted the MAAC Player of the Year as a sophomore and named the unanimous MAAC Preseason Player of the Year as a junior.

In gaining Pickett, Penn State added a firecracker scorer.

Pickett was just behind 2020-21 MAAC Player of the Year and teammate Manny Camper, averaging 12.9 points per game.

He edged out Brockington in points per game, and Pickett’s all around effectiveness is where he really shines.

For the Saints, Pickett was second in rebounds with 6.3 per game and led the team in assists with 4.8.

Penn State might have lost Brockington, who was the offensive workhorse for the Nittany Lions, but Pickett is a player who can do it all.

Jaheam Cornwall AP

Jaheam Cornwall, guard

Penn State lost its leading scorer Myreon Jones to Florida, but the Nittany Lions went out to find a new one.

Gardner-Webb transfer Jaheam Cornwall can be the offensive generator the blue and white lost in the offseason.

Cornwall was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, averaging 14.1 points per game. For Penn State, Jones averaged 15.3 points per game.

Cornwall is not far off in terms of offensive production. He can take the pressure of being the biggest offensive threat, which is a hole the Nittany Lions needed to fill.

The 6-foot guard also led Gardner-Webb in assists with 3.8.

The one stat category Cornwall beats Jones is with shot accuracy.

In the 2020-21 season, Cornwall’s field goal percentage was 43.8% and 40.8% from three. Jones’ numbers were less accurate in both categories, shooting 39.4% and 39.5% from behind the arch.

Penn State needed a more accurate shooter because in the 2020-21 season, the Nittany Lions had the second-to-worst shot percentage in all of the Big Ten with 40.8%.

Cornwall will add offensive production and an accurate shot taker to the blue and white’s roster.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.