Penn State wing Nazeer Bostick will transfer out of the men's basketball program, he tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
Bostick was the first of three Roman Catholic High School prospects to commit to Pat Chambers in the 2016 recruiting cycle. He was instrumental in recruiting his good friends, Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens, along with him. While Carr and Stevens became day one starters as freshmen, Bostick struggled to find a place in the rotation during his first season in Happy Valley.
A big game off the bench in the upset win over Maryland in February 2017 seemed to indicate that Bostick was starting to find his way as a freshman. Unfortunately, his season would be cut short by a broken hand in practice. Bostick played in 18 total games in his freshman year.
As a sophomore, Bostick saw an uptick in playing time, playing in 38 percent of the team's minutes. His calling card remained defense and rebounding from the wing, and he showed some aptitude at getting to the free throw line. Unfortunately, his offensive game saw little development, and his high turnover rate and limited scoring ability made it tough for him to stay on the floor for significant stretches.
He also ran into some trouble in March, earning a two-game suspension for marijuana possession during the NIT. Bostick did return for the NIT semifinals, and was dressed for the championship, though he did not play.
With Shep Garner's graduation and Tony Carr's departure for the NBA, it was already certain that 2018-19 would be a transitional year for the Penn State backcourt. Bostick's departure creates an even larger void in playing time. However, Chambers and his staff have already hit the ground running in the transfer market, making the final cut for Albany grad-transfer, Joe Cremo.
Bostick's departure opens up another scholarship for next season. The Nittany Lions now have two openings to play with during this free agency period of transfers and decommits.