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Penn State Adds 2018 Guard Daniil Kasatkin

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The Nittany Lions have added a piece to the program’s 2018 recruiting class.

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On Wednesday, the Penn State Nittany Lions announced an intriguing addition to the program in the way of 2018 prospect Daniil Kasatkin. He will be the third member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class and will hope to hit the ground running next season.

Kasatkin comes out of Ivanovo, Russia and is listed at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds by 247Sports. However, Kasatkin recently completed his high school career at Mountain Mission School, which is located in Grundy, Virginia.

Additionally, Kasatkin was also a contributor to Russia’s U-16 and U-18 teams at the FIBA level. Notably, he scored 11 points in a game against Turkey and 37 points against Trinta during a game in the 2015 FIBA U-16 Championship in Moscow.

There’s little debating that the addition of Kasatkin is good news for Penn State. Not only because of his diverse skillset and impressive size, but also because he arrives after the departure of star guard Tony Carr. The Nittany Lions were set to have a major deficit in the backcourt heading into next season and this should help alleviate this concerns.

No one can be sure how Kasatkin will progress once he arrives at Penn State, but Nittany Lion fans should be excited about adding another talented piece to the roster.

[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly indicated that Kasatkin was the fourth member of Penn State’s incoming recruiting class.]