The Penn State Nittany Lions ended their season on March 24 with a loss to Siena in the College Basketball Invitational. The Nittany Lions finished the 2013-14 season with a disappointing record of 16-18 and went 6-12 in the Big Ten. While the basketball news has been quiet since the end of the season, there have already been a few changes to the roster in preparation for next year.
The biggest change is of course the loss of point guard Tim Frazier. He finished his Penn State career as the team’s all-time leader in assists. He finished this past season with an average of 14.9 points and was a leader on the court. Next season, the Nittnay Lions will need to find a way to replace Frazier’s production.
Also gone is guard Allen Roberts, who appeared in 18 games this past season, his first at Penn State. He joined the Nittany Lions with a year of eligibility remaining after being a three-year starter for the University of Miami Redhawks. For the Nittany Lions, Roberts, averaged 5.7 points a game and 2.7 rebounds a game.
Reserve guard Zach Cooper and reserve forward Alan Wisniewski have also both graduated. Cooper appeared in just six games this past season and did not score. Wisniewski provided depth down low, appearing in 20 games and averaging one rebound per game.
Guard Graham Woodward, who found his way into the starting lineup as a freshman late in the year, decided recently to transfer from the school and look for a new place to play college basketball. That’s a big loss for the Nittany Lions, as his experience could have been used during the upcoming season and he was a candidate to run the point.
While losing sounds like it could cause some depth issues, Penn State is lucky that it does have a stockpile of guards on the roster. Head coach Patrick Chambers recently added a new guard to the mix in junior college transfer Devin Foster. He ran the point position at the junior college level and shot over 40 percent from behind the arc.
It’s still unclear what the rotation will look like next season, as two freshmen guards will be joining the mix. The Nittany Lions still have one more scholarship available.
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