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St. Francis Transfer F Josh Cohen to Announce Decision Thursday; Penn State In Top 5

CORAL GABLES, FL - DEC 17: St. Francis forward Josh Cohen (33) puts up a basket over Miami forward Norchad Omier (15) in the second half as the Miami Hurricanes faced the St. Francis Red Flash on December 17, 2022, at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Samuel Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

St Francis (PA) transfer forward Josh Cohen is making his decision Thursday, and Penn State is in his top five.

Penn State is in the running along with with Iowa, Santa Clara, and UMass for Cohen, who averaged 21.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for St. Francis last season. The 6-foot-10 center scored a season-high 40 points in an 82-76 win over Lehigh Nov. 21.

A Lincroft, New Jersey native out of Christian Brothers Academy, Cohen won the Northeast Conference Player of the Year and was named first-team All-NEC in 2022-2023 after winning the NEC Most Improved Player Award the year prior.

Cohen is a player that can finish through contact and his shot fake allows him to open up a clear lane to the rim. He is a true post player that will take the makes good decisions and takes smart shots, verified by his field goal percentage (58.5 percent in 2022-23)

Although he doesn’t have great shot-blocking prowess, his size would be a welcome presence to Penn State, who lost Mikey Henn to graduation and potentially Kebba Njie, who entered the transfer portal earlier this week.

Additionally, all three of Penn State’s ‘23 signees requested their LOI releases, and one of them, Braeden Shrewsberry, has already found a home, following his dad, Micah, to Notre Dame. Micah Shrewsberry, of course, was Penn State’s head coach before Rhoades and accepted the Notre Dame job less than 72 hours after the end of last season.

Currently, Penn State has two scholarship players from last season on the roster and out of the transfer portal; Kanye Clary and Demetrius Lilley.

Cohen has two years of eligibility remaining.

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