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Penn State Basketball has Reached Out to Memphis Transfer Malcolm Dandridge

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 02: Memphis Tigers forward Malcolm Dandridge (#23) dunks the ball during the college basketball game between the SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers on March 2, 2023, at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State is among the schools in contact with Memphis transfer Malcolm Dandridge, Dandridge told Nittany Sports Now’s affiliate, The Portal Report, Monday morning.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Dandridge only played in 20 of Memphis’ 37 games this past season, averaging 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. 

He entered the transfer portal Wednesday, May 10. 

Along with Penn State, Dandridge has also heard from schools such as Auburn, BYU, Cal, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Oklahoma State, St. Louis and Western Kentucky. Dandridge played for Penny Hardaway at Memphis for four seasons, playing in 101 games and starting 14. 

Before coming to Memphis, Dandridge, a local kid, was a three-star recruit out of Memphis’ East High School, helping the team to state championships in 2017 and ’18 and a state runner-up finish in ’19. One of his high school teammates, James Wiseman, ended up being the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, going to the Golden State Warriors. He played for Golden State from 2020 through February, when the Warriors traded him to the Pistons. Three more East High teammates– Alex Lomax, Ryan Boyce and Penny’s son, Jayden Hardaway– also went to Memphis. Dandridge was the first player to commit to Memphis in the Hardaway era.

Dandridge would give Penn State more size in the frontcourt. As of now, returner Demetrius Lilley (6-foot-10) and Georgetown transfer Qudus Wahab (6-foot-11) are the only players on Penn State’s roster above 6-foot-8. Penn State and new coach Mike Rhoades have had six players come in from the portal, led by last season’s A-10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year, Ace Baldwin, who played for Rhoades at VCU. 

Dandridge has one season eligibility left.

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