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PSU freshman Patrick Kelly transferring to Fordham

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Way back in mid-November, a few weeks after Patrick Chambers was forced to resign, Penn State redshirt freshman forward Patrick Kelly decided to put his name into the transfer portal. He was the first Nittany Lion to do so, and six more joined him in the portal once the season ended.

Saturday afternoon, Kelly announced that he is transferring to Fordham. He becomes the fourth Penn State player to leave the program this offseason, joining Myreon Jones (Florida), Jamari Wheeler (Ohio State) and Trent Buttrick (UMass).

Kelly still played for PSU this past season, albeit sparingly, even after entering the transfer portal. He appeared in five games, played 11 total minutes, took three shots and didn’t score. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder is originally from Raleigh, N.C., and came to PSU as a 3-star recruit after playing his final year of high school basketball at IMG Academy in Florida.

“I would like to thank Coach Chambers and the staff, the whole Penn State community, and my teammates for an unforgettable 2 years,” Kelly wrote on Twitter. “I am so grateful for the brotherhood that will be for a lifetime. There will always be blue and white in my heart.

“Thank you to all the coaches that took the time to recruit me while I was in the transfer portal. I’d also like to thank all the people who supported me during this process. I am extremely excited to announce my next chapter. I will be moving on to the A10 to play for Coach (Kyle) Neptune at Fordham University. Can’t wait to be a part of Ram nation!”

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Fordham just hired Neptune, a longtime assistant at Villanova, as its coach. There had been speculation that either Chambers or former PSU interim coach Jim Ferry were candidates for that job.

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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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