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‘Maturity, Skill and Toughness’: Penn State Officially Adds Lafayette Transfer Leo O’Boyle

Penn State basketball has officially added Leo O’Boyle, a transfer from Lafayette who announced his commitment via Instagram Tuesday night.

O’Boyle (6-foot-7) is the sixth player to transfer to Penn State in the Mike Rhoades era, joining A-10 Player of the Year Ace Baldwin and Nick Kern— both of who played for Rhoades at VCU— Temple transfer Zach Hicks, Georgetown transfer Qudus Wahab and North Carolina transfer Puff Johnson.

He averaged 11.6 points per game for Lafayette this past season and shot 40.7% from 3.

The Scranton native who was a star basketball player and quarterback at Scranton prep— and won district titles in each sport— is set to use his last season of eligibility to play at Penn State.

In a statement, Rhoades said the program is “thrilled to have Leo join our Penn State basketball family.”

“His combination of maturity, skill and toughness are going to impact our program. He is another Pennsylvania product that we are excited to have on board.  We can’t wait to get to work with him.”

PSU basketball has also reached out to reigning Division II Player of the Year RJ Sunahara, Sunahara told Nittany Sports Now via Twitter direct message Tuesday morning.

Sunahara (6-foot-8) averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Nova Southeastern University last season and not only earned Player of the Year but led the team to a 36-0 record and national championship as well.

In less appealing news for Penn State fans, forward Evan Mahaffey officially left the program Wednesday. To make matters worse for Nittany Nation, the team he joined is Big 10 rival Ohio State. Mahaffey chose to return to his home state and play for the Buckeyes over reuniting with Micah Shrewsberry at Notre Dame and other programs, including Penn State.

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