Penn State guard Evan Mahaffey (6-6 200) announced his transfer to Ohio State on Tuesday. Mahaffey played in 34 games with the Nittany Lions this past season as a true freshman.
Mahaffey scored 2.8 points per game and averaged 1.7 rebounds per game while shooting 37-of-65 (.569) from the field. He was 4-of-12 (.333) from three-point range, and made 16 of his 28 free throws (.571).
Mahaffey scored four points in 19 minutes in his lone game against the Buckeyes. His season-high scoring output was 12 points in a win over Indiana.
Mahaffey played high school basketball at Cincinnati Moeller where he was the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio in 2022 per 247Sports. He was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in 2022, and was First-Team All-State, averaging 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game.
Ohio State has now added three transfers, as Mahaffey joins former Minnesota forward Jamison Battle and former Baylor guard Dale Bonner. The Buckeyes have also lost forwards Eugene Brown and Tanner Holden to the transfer portal.
As it stands now, Ohio State will have seven new faces on the roster in 2023-2024. They are returning six players from last year, meaning that for them to add somebody else — like a Bronny James — somebody else would have to leave or be removed from scholarship.
This also likely means that Brice Sensabaugh does not intend on returning to Ohio State and will stay in the NBA Draft.