Guard Matt Glover will transfer from the Penn State basketball program, according to a press release issued on Wednesday afternoon.
"Matt and I talked after the conclusion of the season and he expressed that he wasn’t comfortable so far from home and would like to move closer to his mother and his family," coach Patrick Chambers said in the release. "First and foremost, we want what is best for our student-athletes, so we support Matt in his decision and will try to assist him anyway we can."
Glover transferred into the program from junior college last offseason and was recruited by former coach Ed DeChellis. Glover stayed with the team after DeChellis left to take the head coaching job at Navy last May and went on to play in all 32 of the Nittany Lions' games for Chambers.
He averaged 2.8 points and 4.3 rebounds for Penn State in 2011-2012, the rebound total good for third on the team. He outrebounded forwards Jonathan Graham, Sasa Borovnkak and Billy Oliver, so his departure will leave a sizeable production hole in that department.
Glover served primarily in a defensive role for Penn State, bringing energy on that end of the court. He averaged 1.3 steals per game, a product of the pressure he and fellow guard Tim Frazier were able to apply on opposing offenses out top.
"I would like to thank my teammates, Coach Chambers and the coaching staff for the last year," Glover said. "I enjoyed playing at Penn State. The decision to leave is not easy. I have a lot of family in California and it was hard to be this far away from them. I think it will be better for me if I can continue my career closer to home."