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Penn State Basketball Player(s) Preview: The Bench Mob

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Kyle McCloskey, Abdou Tsimbila and co. should feel out the end of Pat Chambers’ rotation

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Over the course of the last week, BSD has walked you through previews of each of the most notable names on the 2019-2020 edition of Penn State Men’s Basketball.

Today, we highlight some lesser known names.

That’s right, today belongs to the bench mob. These unheralded heroes may not see the floor a ton in the season to come, but they’re contributions in practice and in meeting rooms and maybe in certain game situations are integral to Penn State’s pursuit of an NCAA Tournament bid.

Kyle McCloskey - Sophomore - Wing

McCloskey, who transferred in last season after a year playing football at Villanova, should see the most time of any of these players. Last year, he saw limited minutes in 11 games, 10 of which came in conference play. He recorded a career-high `18 minutes against Michigan State and can play multiple positions. McCloskey’s versatility and ability to rebound from the guard and small forward position make him a nice asset to have off the bench for Pat Chambers.

Abdou Tsimbila - Freshman - Forward/Center

Tsimbila, a three-star commit in the 2019 class, will join the Nittany Lions in January and is probably a likely candidate to redshirt. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder is a work in progress on both ends of the floor, but he plays with a high motor and could be a terror as a shot blocker. Offensively, he’s still incredibly raw and will likely be relegated to the dunker spot in most sets. He does, however, run the floor well and could have a nice future as a rim-running big.

Walk Ons

Taylor Nussbaum - Junior - Guard

Grant Hazle - Senior - Forward

Stephen Beattie - Senior - Guard