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Penn State guard Jameel Brown enters NCAA transfer portal

nate-mug-10.12.14by:Nate Bauer03/22/24


With the entrance of a second sophomore into the NCAA transfer portal on Friday, the exodus of the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2022 is complete. Jameel Brown, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, has joined Demetrius Lilley and dismissed point guard Kanye Clary in hitting the portal this week, Blue White Illustrated has confirmed.

Additionally, the transfer portal entries on Monday of true freshman guard Bragi Guðmundsson and sophomore center Favour Aire increase the Nittany Lions’ open scholarships this offseason to four.

In his two seasons in the program, Brown finished his career with the Nittany Lions with 41 games played. He averaged a combined 3.0 points per game, hitting 29.5 percent of his career 3-pointers, over 8.2 minutes.

Jameel Brown career accomplishments

Brown’s production represents the biggest portal loss for the Nittany Lions this offseason. Over 27 games played during the 2023-24 campaign, the shooter averaged 4.0 points in 10.1 minutes, coming up clutch in Penn State’s upset win over Illinois on Feb. 21 at Rec Hall. 

Against the Illini, his late 3-pointer helped narrow the gap in the Nittany Lions’ furious comeback, eventually pulling off the 90-89 decision. His 11 points for the game was his fourth highest scoring effort on the season, topping out at 20 points in Penn State’s season-opener, with 14 against Indiana in February and another 13 at No. 1 Purdue.

Steadily developing through his first year of significant action, Brown demonstrated a willingness to do what was asked by the coaching staff.

“One thing I love about Jameel is he works really hard and he’s very, very coachable. He didn’t play much last year, so he’s still a young player,” said Rhoades. “There are times out there where he’s just, not a step behind, but he’s trying to figure it out. So a guy like that, you got to find a way to get him on the court. We’re trying to do that. And also just put him in a position of success as well. But he’s a guy that’s making threes, so we got to find a way to get him out there.”

For the season, Brown hit 31.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. hitting 29 of 91 shots as he enters the portal.

The only players carrying over from Micah Shrewsberry’s short, two-year stint as the head coach of the program, the exit of the trio of Brown, Lilley, and Clary marks the complete transformation of Penn State basketball’s personnel under Mike Rhoades.

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