Just a couple of days after landing its first 2022 commitment in Kanye Clary, Penn State basketball went back to the transfer portal to bring in a key front court player in former Western Michigan power forward Greg Lee.
Western Michigan transfer Greg Lee tells ESPN he’s committed to Penn State. Averaged 13.0 points, 7.2 boards. Honorable mention All-MAC.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 6, 2021
“Committing to Penn State for me personally was a blessing ... No better way to push yourself and your limits then competing in the Big Ten.”
The stat line mentioned in the above tweet says it all. This is an absolutely critical pickup for Micah Shrewsberry as he seeks to establish a roster that can not only compete, but also push for a postseason bid in his debut season in Happy Valley. Not to mention, with both Trent Buttrick and Abdou Tsimbila no longer with the program, the front court depth behind John Harrar was virtually non-existent. Adding the 6’9” Lee to go along with the 6’9” Harrar gives PSU its likely starting duo up front for the 2021-22 season.
Although he brings a strong rebounding presence, Lee isn’t much of a shot-blocker, having only blocked four shots in the 21 games Western Michigan played in last season. However, he does bring an offensive game that extends out to mid-range, having nailed a solid 50 percent of his shots from the floor last season (including close to 56 percent on two-pointers).
Greg initially played his first three years of college ball at Cal State-Bakersfield, averaging as many as seven points and four rebounds per game before transferring to Western Michigan last year. He will be playing his final year of eligibility this upcoming season in a blue and white uniform, so think of him as more of a temporary fix, albeit a very much-needed temporary fix. If I were a betting man, I’d expect him to be part of the starting lineup next to Harrar, along with Jalen Pickett, Seth Lundy, and one of either Myles Dread/Sam Sessoms/Jaheam Cornwall.
Welcome to Penn State, Greg!