Reports: Myreon Jones, Izaiah Brockington, Trent Buttrick Enter NCAA Transfer Porta

By Craig Fritz on March 16, 2021 at 10:40 am
Penn State Guard Myreon Jones
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Three more Penn State men's basketball players have reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal. The team's leading scorer and Alabama native Myreon Jones, starting wing Izaiah Brockington, and back-up big man Trent Buttrick join Jamari Wheeler and John Harrar in exploring transfer options following the hiring of Micah Shrewsberry on Monday.

MJ Jones came to Penn State in the class of 2018 as a top-200 combo guard out of Birmingham. He started his career inauspiciously, averaging just four points per game in his freshman year. He gave fans a taste of his scoring prowess, however,  when he unloaded 18 points on Virginia Tech to lead the Lions to a big upset in an otherwise down year.

He played sidekick to Lamar Stevens in 2019-20, helping Penn State to its best season in nearly a decade, averaging 13.3 points per game. He poured in 20 points on the road at Michigan State to help the Lions win at the Breslin Center for just the second time in program history. A nearly month-long hiatus due to illness untracked his season a bit.

This year he averaged better than 15 points per game, including a career-high 29 on the road against Nebraska. He hit double-figures in all but two games and shot nearly 40% from behind the arc.

Brockington, who transferred to Penn State from St. Bonaventure after the 2017-18 season, moved into a starting role in 2020-21 following the graduation of Stevens and had an up-and-down year. He started the year on fire, hitting double figures in 11 of the team's first 13 games, including a career-high 24 on the road against Virginia Tech. He cooled off in the last half of the schedule, hitting double figures in just seven of the final 12 games, but not scoring more than 14 points in any of them. 

Buttrick saw his role increase in a huge way this year, thanks to the graduation of Stevens and fellow big man Mike Watkins. He played 13 minutes per game and mixed in the extremes of good an bad play. His senior-day finale against Minnesota was easily the best game of his career, with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He punctuated the win with a posterizing dunk over an unfortunate Gopher.

These entries into the portal now account for four of Penn State's starters, with no indication that defections are finished. Of remaining contributors, juniors Myles Dread and Sam Sessoms, and sophomore Seth Lundy have still yet to announce their intentions.

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