Micah Shrewsberry and Penn State are expecting to be a breakout team in the Big Ten this season and leading the team will be veteran point guard Jalen Pickett. The Almanac, a new college basketball digital outlet, has full belief in the veteran guard. According to college basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, he projects Pickett to be named First Team All-Big Ten for the 2022-2023 season.
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Pickett is projected to be on the first team with forward Trace Jackson-Davis of Indiana, forward Kris Murray of Iowa, canter Hunter Dickinson of Michigan, and center Zach Edey of Purdue.
Pickett is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound fifth-year senior who played prep for the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York, and played for the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, in his post-graduate year.
Pickett started his college career at Siena, where as a freshman, he averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 assists,4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game. He returned to Siena for his sophomore year after he flirted with the NBA draft and averaged 15.1 points and six assists per game as his efforts awarded him with being named MAAC Player of the Year. In his final year at Siena, he averaged just over 12 points and six assists a game and made First team All-Conference for the third consecutive season.
Pickett chose to transfer to Penn State for the 2021-2022 season and led the team in scoring, 13.5 points per game, assists at 4.3 per game, and steals with 135 while starting all 31 games.