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Jamari Wheeler transferring to Ohio State

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Penn State guard Jamari Wheeler announced on Twitter tonight that he is transferring to Ohio State, meaning the defensive wiz will now be a major opponent for the Nittany Lions next season.

“I look forward to joining the family and fighting for a Big Ten Title and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!” Wheeler wrote on Twitter.

He obviously wasn’t getting those opportunities at Penn State.

“First and foremost, I want to thank PSU so much for the opportunity to become a Nittany Lion student-athlete and graduate,” Wheeler wrote. “This university gave me an opportunity to compete at the highest level of college basketball and these past 4 years have been nothing short of amazing. These fans have showered me with love from the first day I stepped on campus and I will always have nothing but love for ya’ll. I am forever grateful for the support. It’s forever WE ARE!

“I want to personally thank Coach Chambers and his staff for making my experience like no other. The belief they showed in me and the guidance they provided gave me the tools and knowledge necessary to play this game at the highest level.”

Wheeler averaged 6.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 asssists this season for PSU. He also averaged 1.8 steals and was a member of the Big Ten all-defensive team.

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There are still four PSU players still in the transfer portal: Myreon Jones, John Harrar, Seth Lundy and Trent Buttrick. Izaiah Brockington was in the portal but is coming back to Penn State, while Jones posted his goodbye on Instagram over the weekend, although he has not announced yet where he’s transferring.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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