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Penn State Basketball: Pending Canty Decision A Big One For Program

by on May 11, 2014 1:00 PM

--Update--

Shortly after this story was published Canty committed to South Florida according to multiple recruiting outlets.

--Original Story--

Penn State could land the services of a rising talent in college basketball this week as Marshall transfer guard Kareem Canty will choose his transfer destination in the coming days.

Canty visited Happy Valley this past weekend -- the final visit of his transfer recruitment process -- after taking time to look at the University of South Florida and Auburn.

“It was better than what I expected and people give credit for,” Canty told ZagsBlog.com “I love the support and facilities.”

Canty won't provide Penn State with immediate support this upcoming season due NCAA transfer rules but would be a much-needed asset the following year after the graduation and departure of guard DJ Newbill.

While at Marshall, the Brooklyn native averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 assists as a freshman. Canty was granted his release following the firing of head coach Tom Herrion.

Out of high school the 6-foot-1 Canty was rated a three-star prospect and received interest from programs like Iowa State, Rutgers, Providence, and Florida State.

Penn State will add freshman guards Isaiah Washington and Shep Garner to the fold this offseason as well as junior college transfer guard Devin Foster. The development and maturation of those three players along with the addition of Canty the following season would be a huge plus for a program looking to recover from the graduation of Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill in back-to-back seasons.

Aside from the new faces joining the Nittany Lions this offseason, Penn State will return all of last year's team aside from graduated seniors Tim Frazier and Zach Cooper.

Canty has not given a date for his pending commitment, but it is expected to come this week.

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