Penn State men’s basketball picked up much needed good news on Tuesday as big man John Harrar is set to announce his return to State College for a final season. Harrar had previously been in the transfer portal and is now the final Nittany Lion in the portal to return or find a new home.
The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein but confirmed by a source to StateCollege.com
Harrar became an anchor for a Penn State team that faced an up-and-down 2020-21 season under interim head coach Jim Ferry going 11-14 with one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. Over the abbreviated campaign Harrar averaged 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Independent of any statistical success on any given night, Harrar has become a widely respected player in the Big Ten due to his work ethic and in-game motor.
With Tuesday’s news, Harrar brings to close a chaotic early offseason for Penn State basketball as a whole host of players entered the transfer portal. Jamari Wheeler and Myreon Jones are the most notable departures from the program with Wheeler headed to Ohio State while Jones will take his talents to play at Florida.
Both players are immediately eligible to play this upcoming season. Izaiah Brockington and Seth Lundy both opted to return to Penn State.
Lundy’s return in particular may have helped sway Harrar back to State College according to people familiar with his thinking.