Penn State Basketball is finally ready to turn the page on the first stage of the offseason after landing their final commit out of the portal in former UNC guard D’Marco Dunn.
The 6’4 guard has 2 years of eligibility remaining after spending his first two at North Carolina where he struggled to break out in a veteran backcourt. He played just 4 minutes a game his freshman year and 10 minutes a game last year where he put up 2.7 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field and 32.4% from deep.
Before going to UNC Dunn was a big-time in-state recruit for the school. He was ranked 68th nationally by the 247composite and was the 3rd ranked player in North Carolina by the same metric.
Dunn has good size for a guard and great length for the position, which was the two most common attributes found in all the transfer additions added to the Penn State roster this offseason. This is likely because that archetype fits the press system run under new head coach Mike Rhoades so well. Dunn has shown good skills on the defensive side of the ball and should be another great fit on that end.
On offense, however, Dunn has not shown much yet. He played a primarily off-ball role in his limited minutes for UNC, taking open jumpers and attacking closeouts when available resembling the same type of role Dunn’s UNC, and now PSU, teammate Puff Johnson had at North Carolina. Like Puff, at PSU Dunn will likely have the opportunity to put the ball on the floor a bit more and try to expand his offensive game.
Dunn joins what is shaping up to be the most exciting competition on the roster for the starting shooting guard spot. Dunn and fellow transfer RayQuawndis Mitchell seem like the two obvious candidates but you can not count out returner Jameel Brown. There is also the possibility Penn State decides to play big and go with someone like Zach Hicks or Nick Kern, or they decide to go small and start arguably their two most talented players, Ace Baldwin and Kanye Clary, together in the backcourt.
Now with the roster finally full coach Rhoades and the rest of the staff can start to work out how they want everything and everyone to fit together, and D’Marco Dunn figures to be a big factor in that plan.