According to the Penn State athletic department, the Nittany Lions basketball team will be significantly larger in the front-court in future years. 7-foot center Jordan Dickerson will be transferring to Happy Valley from his previous stop at SMU (Southern Methodist University).
In limited time with the Mustangs, Dickerson struggled as a freshman. He appeared in 26 games during the 2012-2013 season, but played just 92 minutes of court time. He did contribute 9 blocks in those minutes (a 4.0 blocks per 40 minute pace), but the rest of statistical contributions were underwhelming.
However, Dickerson provides shear size that is rarely seen in college basketball today, and he is the definition of a “project”. He is athletic enough to contribute in the Big 10, and with three years of eligibility remaining (after he sits out a year as a transfer), he could be an impact player by the time he leaves school.
Penn State is undergoing a remodel of the entire program this off-season, as they are bringing in a quality recruiting class (something you can’t always say about the Nittany Lions), and Dickerson is their second high-profile transfer, as he joins Pitt’s John Johnson.
In Pat Chambers’ second season, the stakes will be rising, but unfortunately for him and the program, they’ll have to wait a year for Dickerson. For their sake, let’s hope that size translates into quality play.