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Miami transfer Roberts picks Penn State

Miami guard Allen Roberts, the team’s leading scorer last season, is transferring to Penn State for his final season of eligibility.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Roberts, who was redshirted as a junior, can play immediately because he’s already earned his degree.

The Middletown High School product averaged 12.9 points and shot 38.8 percent from the field and 79.8 from the foul line. He had the team’s second-most 3-pointers with 46.

“Obviously, we wish him the best. … Hopefully, it’s a chance for other guys to step up,” Miami coach John Cooper said.

Roberts couldn’t be reached for comment, but he told StateCollege.com he was eager to play for coach Pat Chambers.

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“I really was impressed by Coach Chambers’ enthusiastic attitude,” he said. “I can tell he’s a winner and wants to be great. I’ll add the competitive fire to the team and be another offensive threat while providing intensity.”

Roberts is expected to fill the void left by Jermaine Marshall, the Nittany Lions’ second-leading scorer who decided to turn pro instead of playing his senior season.

Roberts is among more than 400 Division I players who have transferred since last season, but his departure will be a blow for the RedHawks, who are coming off a 9-22 year.

He topped 20 points three times and had a 22-point outing at Buffalo, the most for any RedHawk last season.

“You don’t like to have to go through it, but one thing you know about college basketball is that there’s always change,” Cooper said.

Roberts missed two games with a meniscus tear in the same knee that sidelined him for the 2011-12 season.

He visited Bradley and Florida Gulf Coast, which made a surprising run to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, before settling on the Nittany Lions.

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