The bad news continues to roll in for Penn State Men's Basketball. In the wake of Pat Chambers' abrupt resignation, power forward Taquan Woodley de-committed from the Lions, and now one of his former classmates is joining him. Three-star combo-guard Houston Mallette announced his decision to back off from his Penn State pledge via Twitter.
Next steps... pic.twitter.com/aJj6qRWLBH— Houston Mallette (@mallettehouston) November 4, 2020
Mallette's note reads as follows.
"As you may know, I verbally committed to Penn State University back in May. However, following the recent resignation of now former head Men's Basketball Coach, Pat Chambers, I have had to re-evaluate my decision and determine what to do. I was able to build a great relationship with Coach Chambers and his staff and they were the primary reason I committed to Penn State. So, after discussing this with my dad and my high school coach, I have made the decision to de-commit from Penn State and reopen my college recruitment.
Arriving at this decision has not been easy, but I believe my next step will reveal itself in the right time and I am confident and excited about what I will bring as a student and as a basketball athlete to the university I ultimately choose to attend.
I would like to thank Penn State's VP for intercollegiate athletics, Sandy Barbour, former Head Coach Pat Chambers, assistant coach Keith Urgo and the entire Penn State MBB coaching staff for all of the support and encouragement they gave me throughout the recruiting process. I would also like the thank the entire Penn State community for showing me incredible support.
Losing the California native is a big blow for the program as he was expected to be a very good player at the collegiate level. Elijah Hutchins-Everett is now the last remaining member of Penn State's 2021 class, though no one would fault him for opening his recruitment back up, either.