Jalen Pickett has recorded the second triple-double in Penn State men’s basketball history.
The only other player to post a triple-double was Calvin Booth, who did so against Dayton in 1998.
If there were betting odds for what Penn State player would be most likely to post a triple-double, Pickett probably would have been at the top of the list. He’s the heart and soul of Penn State’s offense, who coach Micah Shrewsberry said was the team’s best player before the season began.
Pickett started slowly from the field against Butler, making just two of his first 13 shots, but made four of his last five. He finished with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Penn State’s 68-62 win. The only other player to have a triple-double for Penn State, Booth, is now the GM of the Denver Nuggets. Booth’s son, Carey, is a blue-chip recruit who signed with Penn State last Wednesday.
With 11 assists Monday, Pickett has eclipsed double-digits in consecutive games. He also had 11 in the win over Loyola last Thursday.