But not any more.
Monday, PSU coach Ed DeChellis announced that two sophomores are leaving the program. Center Milos Bogetic, a contributor throughout his two seasons at PSU, and guard Max Dubois, a deep reserve who was injury prone during his Lion career, have both been granted releases from their scholarships.
With two new grants available, DeChellis and his staff are looking to add much-needed athleticism to the roster.
The process is already in motion, he said, noting that PSU is shooting to bring in at least one wing player. The staff had been keeping tabs on several such prospects through the season as a precautionary measure, and began making calls over the weekend when it was apparent it would be losing two players.
But DeChellis and company must wait until after a dead period that coincides with NCAA Final Four week to hit the road again. They can do so next Tuesday.
Bogetic played in 60 games in his Penn State career, starting six. All of the starts came in 2006-07, when he averaged 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 38.4 percent from the floor. Bogetic hails from Podorica, Montenegro.
Milos felt this level was maybe a little too intense, DeChellis said. Obviously, we can't have a guy around who doesn't want to commit to do what it takes to compete at this level, so we're fine with that. We're trying to help him find a Division II school in Arizona or California.
Bogetic has relatives who reside in Arizona.
Dubois played in only two games as a true freshman in 2005-06 before redshirting with a stress fracture in his left foot. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native played in six games last season — scoring six points — before a sprained left knee caused him to miss the final five weeks of the season.
He's been injured for two years and feels he needs to play and play immediately, DeChellis said. Obviously, we can't guarantee that. So we're trying to help him find a junior college in Florida where he can go and have some success.
After finishing 15-15 and making an NIT appearance in 2005-06, Penn State was expected to make a run at an NCAA bid last season. But it never happened. Outmanned from a talent perspective in most Big Ten games, the Lions went 11-19 overall and 2-15 in the league.
One reason for the trouble was because two true freshmen big men took redshirts. Athletic shot-blocker Andrew Jones was held out so he could physically mature, and D.J. Jackson played in only three games before a stress fracture of the left leg caused him to take a medical redshirt.
Both will have freshman eligibility next season. They will be joined by incoming freshman Talor Battle, a talented point guard from Upstate New York, and Jeff Brooks, a long, athletic wing from Louisville. Both are three-star prospects as rated by Scout.com.
As for who might join the class, Penn State is said to be high on 6-foot-5 D.J. Kennedy of Schenley High in Pittsburgh. Kennedy and his team won the PIAA AAAA state title at the Jordan Center Saturday.
Also, the Lions have reportedly been keeping in touch with 6-5 juco wing Adeola Dagunduro from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif.
DeChellis said Penn State will most likely use one of the two available scholarships for the month-long signing period that begin April 11. The Lions will then have four grants to give for the following class.
As for the recruiting dead period that coincides with the Final Four, he does not view that as a problem.
Everyone is in the same boat, he said.