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Penn State has Reached out to UNC Transfer D’Marco Dunn

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Mike Rhoades

North Carolina transfer D’Marco Dunn has heard from 16 programs since entering the transfer portal this past Thursday, and Penn State is one of them, he told Nittany Sports Now’s and sister outlet the Portal Report Saturday.

Dunn, a former four-star recruit who played at UNC for two seasons, said he’s also heard from schools such as Arizona, BYU, Cal, Georgia Tech, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Seton Hall, Texas, Utah and VCU.

Penn State and its new coach, Mike Rhoades, have already landed one UNC transfer in this portal window. Puff Johnson signed with Penn State late last month after three seasons with UNC. This past season, Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes over 27 games, making two starts. He shot at a 38.7% clip (36-for-93) and posted a 65.8% mark from the foul line (25-for-38). Johnson won America’s hearts during the 2022 NCAA Championship Game against Kansas. He scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds off the bench, and played so hard that he threw up on the court. 

Johnson knows Pennsylvania well, having grown up in Moon Township, near Pittsburgh. His brother, Cam, starred at North Carolina and was the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, going to the Suns.

If Dunn commits to Penn State, he’d be the eighth transfer to do so in this cycle. Penn State’s most recent transfer, RayQuawndis Mitchell, announced his decision this past Wednesday.

Mitchell, a graduate transfer, came to Penn State after a solid season at UMKC, where he averaged more than 17 points per game and was a second-team all-conference selection.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard played at UNC for two seasons and averaged 2.7 points per game this past year.

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