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Izaiah Brockington enters transfer portal once again

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Update: 7 p.m.

Izaiah Brockington made it official this evening as he wrote a message to Penn State fans explaining his plans to graduate from the school and transfer elsewhere.

“I want to start off by saying thank you to Penn State and Nittany Nation for supporting and cheering me on these past 2 seasons,” Brockington wrote on Twitter. “Ever since I stepped foot on campus 3 years ago as an 18-year-old kid, the community welcomed me with open arms.

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“I would also like to thank Coach Chambers for recruiting me and believing in me, as well as Coach Ferry and Coach Urgo for pushing me to another level.

“With that said, I have decided to graduate from Penn State this summer and finish my basketball career elsewhere. Although I am excited about accomplishing a major goal in graduating, I am equally thrilled to see the guys and program grow under Coach Shrewsberry.

“I will cherish the memories I’ve made here forever. #WeAre.”

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Well, this is … ummm, certainly an interesting development. According to 247Sports, Penn State guard Izaiah Brockington has entered the transfer portal once again.

Brockington and five other PSU players entered the portal after the season ended, but Brockington was the first one to announce he would be staying at Penn State to play for new coach Micah Shrewsberry. This is what Brockington wrote about his decision March 26, in a Twitter post that has since been deleted.

“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.

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“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!”

Fast forward four weeks, and now Brockington apparently has had a change of heart and once again is looking to leave Penn State.

This would be a big loss for the Nittany Lions, as Brockington was the team’s second-leading scorer last season, averaging 12.6 points to go along with 4.9 rebounds. He also shot 43 percent from the field and 84.1 percent from the foul line.

Brockington began his career at St. Bonaventure and has already transferred once, sitting out the 2018-19 season after coming to Penn State. But he still can transfer and play immediately elsewhere at this stage because of new NCAA rules.

We’ll see if more information comes out about why Brockington has decided to re-enter the portal. There’s also the following to consider:

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