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After transferring from Villanova in the middle of the 2007-08 season, Ott has settled in nicely as a Nittany Lion earning a reputation as one of the funniest players on the team. After joining the squad in January of 2008, he sat out two semesters and became eligible to play on Dec. 21, 2008 vs. Lafayette. He quickly became a valuable part of the Lion rotation playing in 25 games and adding size, rebounding and a deft face-up shooting touch. Ott will look to capitalize on his well-honed passing and shooting skills and touch around the rim as he competes for time amongst the front line players this season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
2008-09 SEASON SOPHOMORE
Ott saw action in 25 games after becoming eligible to play on Dec. 21 vs. Lafayette...Averaged 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds while playing an average of seven minutes per game...Scored in 12 games on the year...Posted one point and two rebounds in 17 minutes of action in his first game in a Penn State uniform vs. Lafayette (12/21)...Posted a season-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and added two assists in a victory over Michigan (1/20)...Posted four points vs. Michigan State (1/14)...Had four points, four rebounds a block and a steal in an upset victory at No. 16 Illinois (2/18)...Played 14 minutes and hit 3-of-4 from the foul line in a victory at Indiana...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2007-2008 SEASON FRESHMAN
After red-shirting the 2006-07 season at Villanova, Ott played sparingly in Jay Wright's guard oriented scheme at Villanova...He saw action in four games, a total of 16 minutes of action, and scored three points...He last played in an 81-71 Villanova win at Syracuse on January 19 before transferring to Penn State the following week.
Ott was a 1,000-point scorer at Germantown Academy outside of Philadelphia, a school that produced such recent college standouts as Matt Walsh at Florida and Lee Melchionni at Duke...Helped a young team to a 17-12 record in his senior season...Averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as a junior and improved to 19.2 points and 15 rebounds a game as a senior scoring 1,074 career points...Was recruited by Penn State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Purdue, Notre Dame and Illinois among others out of high school...Familiar with the Big Ten, his older brother, Ryan, and father, Michael, both attended Purdue.
Born on March 17, 1988 in Abington, Pa....The son of Michael and Ginger Ottt...Has an older brother, Ryan...Carries better than a 3.0 grade-point average in marketing.