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Penn State Basketball Adds Grad Transfer Forward Jalanni White

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White has one year of eligibility left.

NCAA Basketball: Canisius at Villanova Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State has added another piece to the puzzle in 6-foot-8 forward Jalanni White. White spent the past four seasons at Canisius, where he made 50 starts in 98 appearances. 31 of those starts have come in the past two seasons of play (a covid-shortened year meant 11 starts for White last season). White averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.5% from the field.

Penn State has a plethora of guards coming into the season, and the addition of another big —White would be the third player taller than 6-foot-7 on the team means the Nittany Lions won’t be as severely handicapped as they were going to be, considering the departure of Abdou Tsimila earlier in the summer.

This addition puts the Lions at 11 scholarship players for the upcoming season, and while it’s unlikely they fill all 13 spots this late in the game, it would not be surprising to see another depth player make its way into the roster before the season starts. As of right now, the Lions have a solid eight-deep, and the addition of White gives Micah Shrewsberry a little bit of breathing room if their go-to bigs get into foul trouble.

Welcome to Penn State, Jalanni!