Penn State Basketball is trying to pick up the pieces after Micah Shrewsberry left for Notre Dame.
A week after winning its first NCAA Tournament game in over two decades, Penn State Basketball is at an all-time low.
Head coach Micah Shrewsberry formally accepted the Notre Dame job on Friday morning after the news was first reported on Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions need a new coach, but they also need a roster.
Five players from the 2022-23 squad are out of eligibility. That group includes Jalen Pickett, Andrew Funk, Myles Dread, Mikey Henn and Cam Wynter. Another key contributor, Seth Lundy, is off to the NBA Draft.
With three recruits expected to join the team next season, Penn State only needed to fill three spots. That’s not the case anymore.
All three of the signees in the 2023 recruiting class are expected to follow Shrewsberry to Notre Dame or at least not end up at Penn State. That group includes 4-star Carey Booth, the son of Penn State standout Calvin Booth.
That means nine roster spots need to be filled. Additionally, junior guard Dallion Johnson and junior forward Caleb Dorsey entered the transfer portal this week.
That leaves just five scholarship players on the roster for next season. That group is made up of five to-be sophomores: Kayne Clary, Evan Mahaffey, Jameel Brown, Kebba Njie and Demetrius Lilley. It’s still not out of the question that some of these players could also leave the program.
Whoever Penn State’s next basketball coach is, they will have their work cut out for them. The new coach will have to fill at least eight scholarship spots with the realistically possibility that that number could grow to double digits before all is said and done.
In the era of the transfer portal, that shouldn’t be too difficult, but for the second time in three years, Penn State Basketball will have zero incoming freshmen.