Penn State forward John Harrar makes decision on future
Micah Shrewsberry has some reason to celebrate in Happy Valley on Tuesday.
Penn State starting forward John Harrar has removed his name from the NCAA transfer portal and plans to return to the Nittany Lions for the 2021-22 college basketball season. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the news on Tuesday.
Harrar was one of multiple Penn State players to explore options outside of State College following the 2020-21 season. The biggest reason was because of the coaching change, with Shrewsberry hired away from Purdue to be the next head coach, moving on from interim head coach Jim Ferry.
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
Harrar has played significantly over the last four seasons for the Nittany Lions but can return for an additional year with the NCAA granting a blanket waiver for all winter student-athletes. He will have one year of eligibility remaining with Penn State.
Last season, Harrar started in all 25 games for Penn State and averaged 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was a do-it-all player for the Nittany Lions in the post and should provide some stability in the frontcourt for Shrewsberry’s first squad.
Over the course of his four seasons at Penn State, Harrar has played in 115 games and made 65 starts. He’s averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.