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Penn State Basketball: No Timetable For Watkins Return

by on November 07, 2018 3:55 PM

There is no timetable for center Mike Watkins' return to the floor, Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers said on Wednesday afternoon during a media session.

"We're going to let Mike get reacclimated, that's what we're doing right now," Chambers said. "He traveled with us, he's in practice with us, he's playing really well with us. His academics are better, his doctors say he is doing well. Number one most important thing is Mike, let's get him whole, let's get him healthy. Next thing is his academics, let's make sure he's on course to get his degree. Once we take care of one and two, then we can start talking about when he may return."

According to Chambers, Watkins is on schedule to earn his degree this summer. Broadly, Watkins has been in various forms of legal trouble over the past two years, missing multiple games due to program suspensions. Most recently Watkins released a letter detailing various mental health issues he has been dealing with over the past few years.

Penn State announced this weekend that Watkins was out indefinitely, however as noted, Watkins made the trip to West Virginia as the Nittany Lions beat the No.13 ranked Mountaineers at the buzzer in a charity game this past Saturday.

The Nittany Lions will turn to John Harrar at the center position in the interim, Harrar helping Penn State to a 7-1 record as a starter last season in the absence of Watkins who was out with injury.

Harrar posted a 7-point, 12 rebound outing in Penn State's NIT Championship winning game against Utah. Harrar logged at least 15 minutes of playing time in four straight games to close out the season, Penn State going 4-0 in all contests.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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