Even in the midst of March Madness bracket previews, debates and predictions, Penn State managed to create a little buzz of its own in the college basketball world on Monday. According to reports, Penn State will hire Purdue associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry as its next men's basketball head coach.
Penn State is expected to hire Purdue assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry as its next head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN. @GoodmanHoops was first. Shrewsberry has been considered the favorite for a couple weeks. Spent six years under Brad Stevens with the Celtics from 2013-19.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 15, 2021
The Athletic's Senior College Basketball Writer (and PSU alum) Dana O'Neil labeled it a "terrific hire," and shared a nice profile on Shrewsberry's role under Matt Painter.
If Shrewsberry can recruit players with the skill-levels of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to play at Penn State, we are all in!
Former Ohio State (we won't hold this against him this time) big man Jared Sullinger, who played under Shrewsberry during his time with the Celtics, shared his thoughts.
. My guy finally got his shot!!! Lets goooo https://t.co/DCMfxI0oNP— Jared Sullinger Sr. (@Jared_Sully0) March 15, 2021
Confirmed: Indiana fired Archie Miller because they knew he wasn't good enough to compete with Micah Shrewsberry. We're not here to take part, we're here to take over.
Dang Micah Shrewsberry scaring the Big Ten already https://t.co/snSjsjs3J1— Joey Gulino (@JGulinoYahoo) March 15, 2021
It is a very fun name to say!
Micah Shrewsberry is such a fun name to say.— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) March 15, 2021
Hes also an incredibly good coach who drew up a lot of the in-game schemes that made Purdue a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. https://t.co/JkIrE8E8Er
Are these offensive numbers good? They seem good.
Micah Shrewsberry was Purdue's offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. Boilers had the nation's 23rd-best offense by KenPom's metrics. Averaged 71 PPG this season, 68 PPG last year.— David Eckert (@davideckert98) March 15, 2021
Another former Celtic who played under Shrewsberry in Boston weighed in. Does anybody know if IT has college eligibility left?
Hell yeah!!!! My guy https://t.co/WMnJAZ26h3— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 15, 2021
While the majority of Twitter reactions to the hire were positive, some Penn Staters are in wait-and-see mode before they make any judgements.
Micah Shrewsberry, eh? Well, well see how this goes.— Erik (@Erikstotle) March 15, 2021