For the second time in the past two days, the Penn State basketball team has landed another transfer. This time, it’s the former Georgetown Center, Qudus Wahab. He stands 6’11 and will be joining the Penn State basketball team as a graduate transfer.
One of the biggest areas of need on the roster is size, especially having a true center. The Nittany Lions lost Kebba Nije to the NCAA transfer portal back on April 3rd, and have now found a reliable replacement.
Wahab averaged 9.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game during his final season at Georgetown. Not only does the Penn State basketball team now have an offensive weapon in the post, but they also have a rim protector with Wahab.
After watching his tape, he has a variety of post moves that he’s comfortable with and a nice right hook shot. I love what head coach Mike Rhoades is building in Happy Valley.
Many thought he would piece together a roster filled with mostly former VCU players, but outside of Ace Baldwin and Nick Kern that hasn’t been the case. Yesterday, they added UNC transfer Puff Johnson from the transfer portal, and they have added Temple transfer, Zack Hicks.
Rhoades is looking for guys that can fit his scheme, where that starts on the defensive end of the court and Wahab will be a key part of that defensive scheme.
The next piece of the puzzle that I would love to see fall into place is retaining Evan Mahaffey from the transfer portal. He would fit so well into this system with his defensive skillset. I am optimistic that Rhoades and company will convince Evan to return to Happy Valley.
As this new team continues to take its shape, positive energy is following around the Penn State basketball team, I can’t wait for next season.