Feb 5, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers reacts from the bench during the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

UPDATED-Ackerman, Maduegbanum To Transfer

UPDATED 4.10.2013

Penn State Basketball SID Brian Siegrist has confirmed that Patrick Ackerman and Akosa Maduegbanum will be transferring from Penn State

Going into this off season, Patrick Chambers knew he was going to be one over the scholarship limit of 13 set by the NCAA.  When Tim Frazier went down in game 4 versus Akron, it became a certainty the senior would be grated a medical redshirt, and have a 5th year to play his fourth season.  Shortly after, John Johnson transferred into the program.  Those additions, along with the 4 man recruiting class appeared to put PSU at 15 scholarship players for the 2013-14 season.

Redshirt Junior Sasa Borovnjak and Chambers had agreed prior to the season that he would be moving on, after graduating this spring, not playing his final year of eligibility, but the Lions still needed one more spot to open up.  According to CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, forward Pat Ackerman, currently a sophmore, and freshman guard Akosa Maduegbanum will both be leaving the program, actually opening up 1 scholarship for next season.

Ackerman was a member of the Class of 2012, which was the final class assembled by former coach Ed DeChellis.  He has played sparingly in his two seasons in Happy Valley, appearing in just 12 games his freshman year (2.2 minutes/game), and 13 this past season (4.4 minutes/game).  In that time, he scored a total of 8 points and grabbed just 8 rebounds.  If this report is true, Ackerman becomes the 3rd member of that 4 person class to leave the program, joining guards Trey Lewis and Matt Glover, who left after last season.  As I detailed earlier this year, the timing of DeChellis’ departure left Chambers with no opportunity to change the makeup of this group, and the differences in style and personality between Ed and Pat has no doubt played a huge part in those transfers.

Maduegbanum, however, was a Chambers recruit, singing late last summer and joining the program for the 2012-13 season.  He appeared in just 14 games, scoring a total of 6 points in those appearances.  Walk on Kevin Montminy had passed him on the depth chart, and with Frazier’s return, Johnson becoming eligible at the end of December, and 3 freshman guards entering the program this fall, it seemed obvious that that limited playing time would get even smaller.  Akosa had been offered a scholarship by Chambers while he was at Boston University as well.

Penn State has yet to confirm these, but if Goodman’s report pans out, it will be interesting to see if Chambers pursues a late option for next season, or pockets the scholarship for next year’s recruiting class.  My hunch is that unless a great fit, either a JUCO forward, or senior transfer that would have immediate eligibility becomes available, that 13th scholarship becomes a part of the recruiting class that can begin signing this fall.

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