Post player Jon Graham is transferring from the Penn State basketball program after a difficult redshirt sophomore season. Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers announced the move Tuesday.
Jon and I have had several meetings to discuss his future and he has decided to seek opportunities to continue his playing career elsewhere, Chambers said in a prepared statement. Jon is a terrific young man. We thank him for his hard work and wish him the best moving forward.
The 6-foot-8 Graham redshirted as a true freshman in 2010-11, and was a member of the primary rotation the next two seasons. After showing some promise as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12, when he started 17 games and shot 45.4 percent from the floor, things came unraveled last season.
Graham played in all 31 games but started only eight. Despite operating exclusively in the paint on offense, he made only 33.8 percent of his shots. He had more fouls (70) than points (60) and averaged only 2.7 rebounds per outing. He did, however, lead the team with 25 blocks.
Graham's departure continues a significant off-season overhaul of the program. Other struggling players who have been cleared to transfer include center Patrick Ackerman and guard Akosa Maduegbunam.
Sasa Borovnjak, the starting center last season, decided not to use his final season of eligibility after graduating. Likewise, guard Jermaine Marshall has opted to bypass his final season to play professionally overseas.
Currently, the only scholarship player on the roster taller than 6-7 is 6-9 sophomore Donovan Jack. That will change when 6-9 true freshman Julian Moore enrolls for the second summer semester this weekend.