Qudus Wahab, a 6-foot-11 center who is in the transfer portal after four college basketball seasons, is visiting Penn State this weekend.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported this Monday afternoon.
Georgetown transfer Qudus Wahab tells me that he will visit Penn State this weekend.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 17, 2023
Wahab played three of his first four seasons at Georgetown and played the other one at Maryland.
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.
Wahab’s best season came in 2020-21, where he averaged 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
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 won’t draw any comparison’s to Ewing, but he would be a big get for coach Mike Rhoades and Penn State, both literally and figuratively. Penn State had one of the best seasons in school history this past year, making the Big Ten Championship Game and NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and winning its first tournament game since 2001. But one team the team lacked was size. To illustrated this, the team’s leading rebounder was its point guard, Jalen Pickett.
Even if Penn State’s starting big man, Kebba Njie, withdraws from the transfer portal and returns to Penn State for his second season, he’ll still be relatively inexperienced as a sophomore. Wahab would give Penn State an established post presence.