4 players Mike Rhoades needs to keep at Penn State for his second season

The transfer portal is now open, and head coach Mike Rhoades will seek to keep valuable players for the upcoming 2024-25 season.
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Mike Rhoades
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Zach Hicks, F. 491. Remaining eligibility: 1 year. Junior. . . Zach Hicks, F. 3. Zach Hicks, F. player

Brought in from Temple, Hicks provided the Nittany Lions with high-volume shooting. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds a game. Hicks shot 34.2% from three on nearly six attempts per game. He started the season shooting poorly from deep, but picked it up when conference play began, shooting 36.2% from 3 against Big Ten opponents.

Rhoades was asked about Hicks after Penn State's 66-57 win over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Rhoades, referring to Hicks, said, “I love coaching the kid, he comes in everyday and works, he listens.”

Rhoades also stated that Hicks, "knows he has the neon green light at Penn State." It seems like Rhoades will make every effort to keep Hicks at Penn State for his senior season. The Nittany Lions ranked 208th in the country (out of 362 teams) for three-point percentage, so surely they will need his shooting for next season.