Penn State hoops will be down a letterwinner when it takes the court to start the season later this year.
The program released a statement saying that Russia native and rising sophomore Daniil Kasatkin would not be returning the program this year and will instead pursue a professional career.
Kasatkin, a 6-foot-7 guard who signed in the class of 2018, played sparingly for the Nittany Lions a year ago but had a strong showing with the Russian national team at the FIBA U20 European Championship this summer.
In seven games, he averaged nearly 20 minutes per game for the top-scoring team in the tournament. Russia made the semifinals of the tournament.
Kasatkin’s departure opens up a roster spot and leaves two scholarships free for the 2020 recruiting class. The Nittany Lions were recently named in the top six for 2020 3-star guard DJ Gordon of Pittsburgh, alongside VCU, Minnesota, Pitt, Providence and Iowa. Gordon took an unofficial visit to Penn State this past weekend.