If you thought Penn State basketball was finished with seeing its current players hit the transfer portal, Abodu Tsimbila entering the transfer portal earlier today probably came as a surprise. The redshirt freshman forward/center who averaged 4.6 minutes, 1.1 points, and 1.6 rebounds last season has decided to seek opportunity elsewhere, according to a tweet from the basketball website Verbal Commits.
Penn State F Abdou Tsimbila (RS FR) has entered the transfer portal. https://t.co/WwqHvLZ2Fn— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) May 21, 2021
Originally from Cameroon, Abdou was initially recruited as part of the 2019 class out of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Hagerstown, Maryland. However, he ended up spending a year at Harcum College, where he did not play basketball, before ultimately finding his way to Happy Valley. Given how he was recruited by Pat Chambers’ staff and the type of targets Micah Shrewsberry’s his staff is seeking up front, the writing was likely on the wall that he was not going to be part of the long-term picture for the program. In the short-term of course, this means that Coach Shrews and company will have to find a big man from the portal themselves to fill Abdou’s spot. Perhaps one is incoming and that’s why you’re seeing Abdou leave now, but time will tell.
Abdou is now the seventh Nittany Lion to enter the portal and leave, joining Myreon Jones (Florida), Jamari Wheeler (Ohio State), Izaiah Brockington (Iowa State), Trent Buttrick (UMass), DJ Gordon (Fordham), and Patrick Kelly (Fordham). We here at BSD wish him all the best in his endeavors on and off the court.