The Penn State men's basketball program has formally updated their roster for the 2018-19 season, adding six new players. Just days after head coach Patrick Chambers reportedly hired Kevin Freeman, the third and final member of the assistant coaching staff, we know what names will matter this upcoming season. Five are scholarship players, with one walk-on.
The top recruit in the 2018 class is wing Myles Dread, who will be wearing number 2. Fans will hope Dread can recreate some of the magic D.J. Newbill had when he was wearing that uniform a few years ago. He will have an opportunity to start on the wing right away with four-year starter Shep Garner graduating.
Point guard Rasir Bolton will wear 13, which was last worn by Geno Thorpe. Bolton will look to compete with Jamari Wheeler for the point guard position.
Late signee Myreon Jones Jr. will wear number 0. This was last worn by Payton Banks, who, like Thorpe, left the program by transferring. Jones decommitted from Memphis before signing with Penn State.
Russian point guard Daniil Kasatkin will wear number 4. Kasatkin brings height to the point guard position at 6-foot-7. The number 4 was worn last season by Nazeer Bostick, who transferred to Saint Peter's this offseason.
St. Bonaventure transfer Izaiah Brockington has chosen 12. That was the number of all-time scoring leader Talor Battle, who may be brought onto Chambers' staff after his retirement from professional basketball. Brockington will redshirt this season and have three years remaining once he suits up in 2019-20.
Walk-on guard Kyle McCloskey will wear Tony Carr's number 10. McCloskey transferred and changed sports, having previously been a scholarship quarterback at Villanova. Like Brockington, McCloskey will not be eligible to play in 2018-19.
You can view the complete updated roster here.