Penn State got some great news in recent days as the program added two quality transfer additions. The Nittany Lions picked up Jaheam Cornwall from Gardner-Webb and Jalen Pickett from Siena. Both should provide some valuable depth in the backcourt for new head coach Micah Shrewsberry after the team’s roster got ravaged by transfers following the program’s coaching change.
Penn State gets in on the portal flurry with a first-team All-Big South guard. https://t.co/IlYY3yG4Ge— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) April 23, 2021
BREAKING: Siena transfer Jalen Pickett has committed to Penn State, he tells ESPN. Former MAAC Player of the Year, Pickett was a top-25 transfer, one of the best available point guards in the portal. Huge pickup for Micah Shrewsberry and the Nittany Lions.https://t.co/BA9lvctshu— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 25, 2021
Cornwall is listed at 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds and played in 120 games at Gardner-Webb before transferring to Penn State. He made the All-Big South team last season and averaged an impressive 14.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game while hitting 40.8 percent from three-point range.
Pickett is also a significant addition. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds and averaged 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for Siena last season. He was the MAAC Player of the Year in the 2019-’20 season, a three-time All-MAAC member, and was widely regarded as one of the best transfers available this offseason.
There’s still a lot to iron out about Penn State’s roster for next season, but there’s little debating both of these players will be in line for some serious minutes starting next fall. In fact, it wouldn’t be remotely surprising if both earned starting spots. Both will play a key role in how Shrewsberry does in his initial season at the helm.
Shrewsberry and his staff still have their work cut out this offseason, but Nittany Lion fans have to be excited about bringing two players like this into the fold.