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Penn State lands graduate transfer

Sources confirmed Penn State has landed a commitment from Miami (Ohio) graduate transfer Allen Roberts, who has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately.

Roberts led Miami of Ohio in scoring last season at 12.3 points per game, shooting 39 percent..

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound guard from Middletown, Ohio, was the leading scorer for the RedHawks last season, averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 39 percent from the field.

Roberts played in 29 games and started 21 of them for a Miami team that went 9-22 overall. He averaged 34 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line while pulling down 2.6 rebounds a game.

The redshirt junior missed the entire 2011-12 season with a cartilage and bone issue in his right knee and was sidelined towards the end of 2012-13 with a slight meniscus tear in the same knee.

Roberts was on the same high school team as former Penn State forward Bill Edwards, who left the Nittany Lions after the 2009-10 and subsequently transferred to Miami University with Roberts.

According to the Hamilton Journal-News, Roberts has had a number of run-ins with the law. Included on his sheet is a 2011 assault charge, which was later reduced to disorderly conduct.

Roberts also was reportedly charged with disorderly conduct in 2011, a separate charge from the previous one, but Roberts pleaded guilty to a lesser charge while paying a fine. Finally, he was charged with misdemeanor assault in 2012, but the charge was later dropped.

Penn State recently lost guard Jermaine Marshall, who decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and pursue professional opportunities after graduating this summer. Roberts looks to fill in the void left by Marshall as a scoring guard to complement Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill until Pittsburgh transfer John Johnson is eligible to play at the conclusion of the fall semester.

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