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Shrewsberry adds another big piece to puzzle with transfer forward Greg Lee

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Penn State picked up its fourth commitment from the transfer portal on Sunday when 6-foot-9, 210-pounder Greg Lee announced he is transferring to PSU.

Lee played last season at Western Michigan, averaging 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. He spent his first three seasons at Cal State Bakersfield, where he got a lot of experience but wasn’t much of a scorer (averaging 2.2, 5.7 and 6.7 points per game those seasons).

What Lee brings to the table is obvious — size and experience.

He’s played in 113 college games, and even though it was at lower levels than the Big Ten, all that experience and court time is bound to help with the Nittany Lions.

Penn State returns 6-9, 240-pound John Harrar, who did tremendous work inside last season despite often going up against bigger, faster, stronger players in the Big Ten. But Harrar needs help inside. A lot of help.

PSU just didn’t have it last season.

With Lee on board, Micah Shrewsberry will have the option to play both big men at the same time, depending on how their skill sets mesh and how the overall dynamic fits with the coach’s scheme. Or, Penn State could have a good rotation of two big men, with Harrar starting and getting spelled by Lee. Look for both situations to play out at times — sometimes with one on the court, sometimes both.

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Shrewsberry also added JUCO forward transfer Jevonnie Scott, a 6-7 player who is expected to add more size, strength and toughness.

The Lions lost forward Abdou Tsimbila to the transfer portal. But in adding Lee and Scott, Shrewsberry has helped the program take a necessary step forward in hopes of competing night in and night out with the big men in the Big Ten.

Penn State also has added two guards from the transfer portal: Jalen Pickett from Siena and Jaheam Cornwall from Gardner-Webb.

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