Penn State added two all-conference transfers on Thursday, with former Drexel guard Camren Wynter and former Bucknell guard Andrew Funk signing for the Nittany Lions.
Wynter (#69) and Funk (#84) are both ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 Transfers.
“I thought Penn State was the best fit for me in terms of what they needed and what I was looking for,” Wynter told ESPN. “I had a very close relationship with the coaches, and they made me feel important about what they were trying to do next season.”
Wynter, a 6-foot-2 point guard, was an All-CAA first-team selection after averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists. It was his third consecutive season with at least 15 points per game. In four seasons with the Dragons, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 assists and shot nearly 34% from 3-point range.
Wynter scored at least 20 points six times last season, including a season-high 28 points in the CAA Tournament against eventual champion Delaware.
“We have great shooters and playmakers, so I think I can help others get involved while adding a different punch while playing both ends of the court,” Wynter said.
Funk, a 6-5 guard, is coming off a career-best season at Bucknell. He averaged 17.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists and shot 36.3 percent from 3-point range. He earned second-team All-Patriot League honors.
“From the start, I really connected with the coaching staff and I love what Coach [Micah] Shrewsberry was able to do that in his first year there,” Funk said. “A big part of that process for me was also being able to challenge myself as a player, which I will be able to do every day at Penn State. , especially in conference play and Big Ten competition.
“There’s also something special about going to the first public school in your home country and playing there. I’m really excited to go there and hope to win a lot of games.”
Funk was capable of tremendous performances with the Bison, scoring 38 points in November against Illinois State, 34 points against Loyola Maryland, and 32 points against Penn.
“I think I have a lot to contribute to their program,” Funk said. “I think people will probably look at me and what I did at Bucknell and think I just bring the shot to the table, but one thing I really appreciated about the staff at Penn State and especially from Coach Shrewsberry is that they’ve really seen me do a lot of other things. They like to run a pro-style attack with multiple people who can dribble, pass and shoot, and I think I could fit in perfectly with this type of system.
Penn State went 14-17 overall in Shrewsberry’s freshman season at State College, but nine of those losses came by two or fewer possessions. The Nittany Lions also had victories over NCAA tournament teams Indiana, Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State.
They are expected to bring back four players who have started at least 14 games, including leading scorers Jalen Pickett (13.3 PPG) and Seth Lundy (11.9 PPG).