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Trent Buttrick announces he’s transferring to UMass

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Another one the six Penn State players who entered the transfer portal after the season has left the program, as reserve big man Trent Buttrick announced Wednesday morning that he is transferring to UMass.

Buttrick averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds off the bench for the Nittany Lions this past season. The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder from Bloomsburg was more of a perimeter threat than an inside threat, and he shot 34.8 percent from 3. But he did have one of the best dunks of the PSU season (see below).

“First of all, I would like to thank Penn State University for the opportunity to  become a student-athlete. These past four years have been nothing short of unforgettable,” Buttrick wrote in a Twitter post. “Nittany Nation has welcomed me since the day I stepped foot on campus, and for that I am grateful. I will always be a Nittany Lion at heart.”

Buttrick went on to write: “I want to thank Coach Chambers and his staff for giving me a chance and believing in me. I have grown so much as a player and a man. This place taught me so much about perseverance and how important staying the course was. This ride has had so many ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else.

“I want to thank all of the coaches who have reached out to me while in the portal. After much thought and consideration, I have decided that I will be playing my last year at The University of Massachusetts! I am excited to be joining the family and look forward to this next step in my journey!”

A look at the PSU players who entered the transfer portal:

** Izaiah Brockington: decided to stay at Penn State

** Jamari Wheeler: transferring to Ohio State

** Myreon Jones: down to four finalists, which can be found here

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** Trent Buttrick: transferring to UMass

** Seth Lundy: no word yet

** John Harrar: no word yet

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