Penn State men’s basketball added its second transfer in as many days Thursday afternoon when Georgetown transfer Qudus Wahab announced his commitment via Instagram.
Wahab visited Penn State earlier this month, and now, he’s coming.
In a move that’s still unconventional even in this wild age of the transfer portal, Wahab left Georgetown for Maryland after the 2020-21 season, played for the Terps in 2021-22… and then returned to Georgetown for this past campaign, averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 29 games this past season.
After that, he played in the Big 10 with Maryland, and his production dipped to 7.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. Wahab played against coach Micah Shrewsberry’s first Penn State team, posting seven points and seven rebounds in a Maryland win at home. Wahab’s numbers improved slightly this past season, although the team he was playing on was awful.
Georgetown finished 7-25 and fired school icon Patrick Ewing after six seasons as head coach.
Wahab’s best season came in 2020-21, where he averaged 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Wahab played three of his first four seasons at Georgetown and played the other one at Maryland.
Just the day before Wahab’s commitment, North Carolina transfer Puff Johnson announced his commitment to Penn State.
New coach Mike Rhoades and company have now added added five players from the transfer portal, and the team has eight scholarship players on its roster that haven’t put their name in the portal.
At 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds, Wahab gives Penn State a weapon down low that the team didn’t have last season. Despite Penn State having one of the best year’s in program history, climaxing with an NCAA Tournament win over Texas A&M, the team didn’t have an established post presence. 6-foot-10 Kebba Njie started 26 of Penn State’s 37 games as a true freshman, and Njie has been in the portal since early this month.