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NCAAB: Siena standout Jalen Pickett transfers to Penn State

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Siena standout point guard Jalen Pickett announced Sunday that he is transferring to Penn State.

The former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year made his announcement on Twitter. He displayed a picture of himself in a Penn State uniform and said “LETS GET TO WORK.”

Pickett cited the presence of new Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry as a key factor in why he chose Penn State over Oregon State.

“I really just trust coach Shrewsberry,” Pickett told ESPN. “I love the vision, the direction he’s taking, how he wants to play. Him and coach (associate head coach Adam) Fisher were really on me this whole recruiting process.”

Pickett averaged 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a junior at Siena this past season. The 6-foot-4 guard was named the MAAC’s top player in 2019-20 when he averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 29 games (28 starts).

Pickett has two seasons of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA rule granting players an extra season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For his career at Siena, Pickett averaged 15.0 points, 6.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 76 games (74 starts).

–Field Level Media

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