Penn State basketball lands Class of 2024 verbal commitment

On3 imageby:Nate Bauer06/26/23


Penn State basketball has picked up a verbal commitment for the Class of 2024 cycle. Jahvin Carter, a 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Alcoa, Tenn., announced his decision to play for the Nittany Lions late Monday evening via Tweet.

The commitment is the Nittany Lions’ first of the cycle, with at least three scholarships to fill ahead of the 2024-25 season.

Rhoades was on hand to see Carter play on Friday night in Tennessee. This, after the guard picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions on June 16. 

Among Carter’s highlights with Alcoa are a school-record 62-point game, and 1,805 career points, making him the all-time leader. Additionally, Carter was named Tennessee all-state in Class 2A for the 2022-23 season, as well as the Class 2A Region 1 Player of the Year. The recognition was earned on the back of a junior season in which he averaged 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists with the Tornadoes.

Carter’s only other offer reported to his social media is from Middle Tennessee State. He was also hosted on visits to Auburn and Virginia Tech.

Penn State basketball build

Rhoades and his staff inherited just three returning scholarship players coming out of Penn State’s trip to the NCAA Tournament last season. Those pieces, all rising sophomores in Kanye Clary, Jameel Brown, and Demetrius Lilley, have been joined by 10 new faces to the program.

Working the transfer portal, Penn State welcomed a pair of players familiar to Rhoades in Ace Baldwin and Nick Kern from VCU. And, in a span of just six weeks, eight others were added to the Nittany Lion cupboard.

Zach Hicks, a 6-foot-8, 202-pound small forward from Temple, checked out Penn State’s campus as Rhoades first visitor on Easter weekend. By April 20, he joined the fold. 

Puff Johnson signed on next from North Carolina, followed by Georgetown big man Qudus Wahab the next day. Leo O’Boyle, a 6-foot-7 shooter from Lafayette, visited and announced his commitment the same day. RayQuawndis Mitchell, a graduate transfer combo guard from Kansas City, and Miami center Favour Aire also hopped aboard. It eventually lee into the final pledge of D’Marco Dunn, also out of North Carolina earlier this month.

Where things stand for Penn State (13 of 13 scholarships filled)

PG Ace BaldwinKanye ClaryBragi Gudmundsson

CG Jameel BrownRayQuawndis MitchellD’Marco Dunn

SF Nick KernZach HicksPuff JohnsonLeo O’Boyle

PF Demetrius Lilley

Qudus WahabFavour Aire

Penn State scholarship breakdown by class

Bonus year (3): Qudus WahabLeo O’BoyleRayQuawndis Mitchell

Fourth year (2): Ace BaldwinPuff Johnson

Third year (2): Nick Kern, Zach HicksD’Marco Dunn

Second year (4): Kanye ClaryJameel BrownDemetrius LilleyFavour Aire

First year (1): Bragi Gudmundsson

Class of 2024 commitments (1): Jahvin Carter

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