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Izaiah Brockington announces he’s staying at Penn State

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Some big news out today as Izaiah Brockington, Penn State’s second-leading scorer this season, announced that he will be staying with the Nittany Lions. Brockington was one of six players to enter the transfer portal last week.

Brockington also points out that he will be testing out the NBA draft process for feedback.

“After much thought and careful consideration, I’ve decided to stay home by committing to play for Coach Shrewsberry while also testing the NBA draft process for feedback on my game,” Brockington wrote.

“Following my meeting with Coach Shrewsberry, I really believe in  the vision he has for this program and feel we can do something special.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the Big 12, Big East, ACC, SEC, A10 and AAC schools that recruited me while I was in the transfer portal. At my core, I feel I’m a B1G player and Penn State is where I’m supposed to be. We Are!”

Brockington averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds this season, while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line. He is a versatile scorer who can hit the mid-range jumper or slash to the basket. He’s also a tremendous dunker, throwing down several highlight-reel jams during the season.

Shrewsberry, hired last week, walked into a situation where six players already had decided to enter the transfer portal. But he said Thursday night on the “Penn State Coaches Show” that he had met face-to-face with the players.

“I’m hopeful, and I have my fingers crossed that the guys feel the same way about me that I feel about them. And I told them all, I want ’em all back. I want every single one of you guys back, because I know how talented they were, and I know how close knit of a bond that they had,” Shrewsberry said.

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Brockington began his career at St. Bonaventure, averaging 4.3 points during the 2017-18 season, then transferred to Penn State. He sat out a year, then averaged 8.1 points and 2.7 rebounds during the 2019-20 season for the Lions.

He came into his own this season, emerging as a more productive scorer while playing 29.7 minutes per game.

Five other PSU players remain in the transfer portal: Myreon Jones, John Harrar, Seth Lundy, Jamari Wheeler and Trent Buttrick. We’ll see if any of them follow Brockington and decide to stay.

Key reserve Sam Sessoms did not enter the transfer portal and is staying, as is another key reserve, Myles Dread.

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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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