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A look at which schools are interested in the PSU players in transfer portal

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Myreon Jones

Five Penn State players remain in the transfer portal, after Izaiah Brockington decided to stay put, and those five have been getting a lot of attention from other schools around the country.

New PSU coach Micah Shrewsberry has said he told all the players in the portal that he wants them back, and more indeed may follow Brockington in staying put. However, a lot of that may depend on the opportunities that all of these guys have available from other schools.

We’ve compiled lists of the schools who have reached out to the PSU players, based on what’s been reported so far. There likely are other schools that have been in contract with these players, as well, but this is what’s readily available.

There are two reporters who have been all over the portal news and are cited frequently below, so we cannot recommend enough following these two for information about the PSU players and others around college basketball. One is Dushawn London from 247Sports, and the other is Jake Weingarten from StockRisers.

Myreon Jones

It’s no surprise that Jones apparently has been in contact with the most schools — and some the most prestigious programs — of the five PSU players in the portal.

Jones led the Nittany Lions in scoring this past season at 15.3 points per game, and pretty much any team in the country would be happy adding a guy who scored 15 a game in the Big Ten.

RELATED: Myreon Jones posts goodbye to Penn State

Based on some reports, it appears that Alabama has made a strong push for Jones, which makes sense given that he’s from Birmingham.

Schools in contact: Alabama, Virginia, Houston, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Detroit, Auburn, USC, TCU, LSU, South Carolina, Arkansas, NC St, St. Johns UCF, Arizona, UAB, Washington St, UCF, Western Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma

Seth Lundy

He averaged 10.1 points this season, but he’s capable of doing so much more if he can become more consistent. He scored 32 points in the second game of the season against VCU, had 31 late against Maryland and 26 in midseason against Ohio State.

Oh, but he also had three games with zero points and three other games with just two points. When he’s on, he’s on. When he’s not, he completely disappears.

When you can score 30 against anybody, though, you’re going to draw a lot of attention, and Lundy certainly has done that.

Schools in contact: Pitt, UConn, Marquette, Dayton, Butler, Nebraska, Seton Hall, Xavier, Arkansas, VCU, St. Joe’s, Virginia, Texas A&M, Florida State, Georgia, and Florida Gulf Coast

Jamari Wheeler

One of the  best on-ball defenders in the Big Ten, Wheeler was in many ways the heart and soul of this year’s Penn State team. He was a leader on and off the court during the adversity of the coaching change.

Wheeler also made big strides on offense this season, becoming a better and more reliable 3-point shooter. He averaged 6.8 points and shot 40 percent from the field.

If Wheeler truly is just fed up with everything at PSU and ready to leave, he will find a home at a solid program. But is he going to be able to step in anywhere he goes and automatically be the starting point guard, like he has been at Penn State? That’s debatable.

If Sam Sessoms stays at Penn State, which appears likely since he’s not in the transfer portal, he will step in and be the starting point guard next season. Dare we say that might be the case even if Wheeler comes back.

Schools in contact: UNLV, Ohio State, TCU, Wright State, Morgan State, Tulsa, South Carolina

John Harrar

He might be the hardest-working player Penn State has ever had, and he received a ton of recognition for turning himself into a productive big man in the Big Ten. He averaged 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding.

Schools in contact: Pitt, NC State, Ohio State, Tennessee, LaSalle, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Miami, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Louisville, Maryland, Temple, Charlotte, Xavier and Stanford

Trent Buttrick

The reserve big man, who’s a good perimeter shooter, already has come out and said he still might stay at Penn State. He will have some schools interested, but as you can see from the list below, it’s not quite power porgrams.

This is what Buttrick told 247Sports:

“I’m not ruling out the option of staying,” he said. “I haven’t talked to the head coach yet so I want to talk to him first and see who his staff is going to be and all that. But I’m not completely ruling out. I just want a bigger role on the team, I’m not really sure how his system or offense works yet.”

Schools in contact: Towson, Santa Clara, Hofstra, Robert Morris, Idaho, and Chattanooga

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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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