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John Harrar staying at Penn State

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In a major development for the Penn State basketball program, center John Harrar is planning to exit the transfer portal and stay with the Nittany Lions. That’s from a report this afternoon by national college basketball writer Jon Rothstein, and then confirmed by coach Micah Shrewsberry.

This is HUGE news for Shrewsberry and the Penn State team, because Harrar would have been very difficult to replace had he decided to transfer.

One of the hardest-working players in the nation, Harrar averaged 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds this past season, and he led the Big Ten in offensive rebounds. Those were very impressive stats given that the 6-foot-9 center often was undersized against big men in the Big Ten.

With Harrar deciding to stay, Shrewsberry will now have back three of the six players who entered the transfer portal after the season.

Second-leading scorer Izaiah Brockington and third-leading scorer Seth Lundy previously announced they were staying at Penn State.

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Leading scorer Myreon Jones (Florida), defensive standout Jamari Wheeler (Ohio State) and key reserve Trent Buttrick (UMass) announced they are 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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