Nazeer Bostick to Return for Penn State in the NIT Semifinals

By Dan Smith on March 23, 2018 at 8:20 am
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Nazeer Bostick (4) dribbles the ball around Northwestern Wildcats guard/forward Scottie Lindsey (20) during the first half at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Northwestern 78-63.

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Penn State sophomore wing Nazeer Bostick will return to the Penn State men's basketball team for their NIT semifinal matchup against Mississippi State. Bostick had missed the team's two previous games after being suspended for a marijuana possession citation on Thursday, March 15.

Bostick traveled with the team for their wins over Notre Dame and Marquette but, like injured starting center Mike Watkins, was unavailable, leaving Penn State with a thin bench. The return of "Horse" means that the team will rely less on freshman Jamari Wheeler, who continues to rack up steals but clearly hit the freshman wall on the offensive end of the floor during conference play.

In his last action for Penn State, Bostick put up 12 points in a hard fought home win over Temple in the NIT's opening round. It was the most points for Bostick since a 14-point outing against Oral Roberts back in November.

The Nittany Lions take on Mississippi State at Madison Square Garden this coming Tuesday, March 27, with the winner playing Thursday in the NIT championship game.

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