According to multiple reports Penn State basketball big man John Harrar has removed his name from the NCAA Transfer Portal and will return to the Nittany Lions for his fifth season of college basketball. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein was the first to report the news.
John Harrar tells me that he is returning to Penn State and will not transfer. Huge news for the Nittany Lions.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 20, 2021
An impact player for the past four years, Harrar started all 25 games for the Nittany Lions this past season. The senior big man averaged 8.8 in both points and boards, the latter of which led the team. He has gone from a good depth to piece to one of the better bigs in the conference throughout his career, with his tenacious play making him a fan favorite.
Harrar deserves a lot of credit for keeping the team together throughout the nightmare that was the 2020-21 Penn State basketball season. While the entire team played hard for the entirety of the season, Harrar was on another level. He was named All-Big Ten honorable mention for his play while being honored with the Big Ten's Sportsmanship Award.
Penn State's potential mass transfer portal exodus appears to be over, with Izaiah Brockington, Seth Lundy, and Harrar all returning. Jamari Wheeler (Ohio State), Myreon Jones (Florida), Trent Buttrick (UMass), and Pat Kelly (Fordham) all opted to move on. Micah Shrewsberry can now focus on finding some hidden talent yet to sign from the high school level and looking around the transfer portal.