4 transfers Penn State basketball missed out on

Mike Rhoades was forced to build a patchwork roster in the transfer portal last offseason, but he missed out on these four players who could have Penn State in Big Ten contention midway through conference play.
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. From: Minnesota. player. Jamison Battle. Jamison Battle. 490. . F. Senior. Jamison Battle

If Khalif wasn’t an option, then Rhoades should have gone after Jamison Battle (no relation). Jamison is a 6-foot-7 wing who transferred to Columbus from Minnesota for his final year of eligibility and he’s providing the Buckeyes with elite three-point shooting. He’s averaging 14.1 points and hitting at 44.4% from deep on 6.4 attempts. 

Amazingly, in 2022-23 he shot 31.1% on 7.1 attempts while Zach Hicks made 35.6% of his seven three-point attempts per game at Temple. In the offseason, Hicks appeared to be the better option as a stretch-four/3-and-D wing, but Battle has developed while Hicks has regressed. 

Rhoades made a few nice additions in the portal with Baldwin and Wahab, but next season he needs to prioritize three-point shooting and front-court defense to build around Clary, his 5-foot-11 three-level scorer.

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