Guard Seth Allen plans to transfer from the Terps


(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Maryland confirmed Allen’s transfer in a short news release.

“I’ve grown close to Seth and his family over the past few years, so I am disappointed he has decided to leave Maryland,” Coach Mark Turgeon said. “I wish Seth the best.”

The original post is below.

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Guard Seth Allen will be granted permission to transfer from the Maryland men’s basketball team, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Friday afternoon, exiting the program after two seasons and leaving the Terrapins to stomach yet another offseason departure.

Allen informed ESPN.com of his intentions to leave, telling the Web site: “I had a great two years there. And I’m thankful for the opportunity, but I also feel as though it’s time for me to move on.”

Coach Mark Turgeon declined official comment when reached via text message. A Maryland spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment. When reached by telephone, Allen’s mother Deborah said the family was in the process of speaking with Maryland and added: “Nothing’s settled. Nothing’s settled. That’s all I can say,” though that seemed a mere formality in the overall process.

Unlike last month, when Roddy Peters, Shaquille Cleare (Texas) and Nick Faust (Oregon State) all announced their intentions to leave on the same date, Allen’s choice to transfer is a bit of a shock. The 6-foot 1-inch guard blossomed into a bona fide scoring threat during his sophomore year, overcoming a fractured left foot suffered during a preseason practice to average 13.4 points per game, including a career-high 32 against Florida State and at least 20 points in three of the final five games.

But Allen never quite developed into the floor general Maryland truly needed, averaging more than 10 shots per game, sometimes on quick attempts early in the shot clock. Still, he made better than 40 percent of his field goals, averaged 3.0 assists per game and was Coach Mark Turgeon’s first committed recruit in College Park. A native of nearby Woodbridge, Va., Allen received a standing ovation during his return from the foot injury on Dec. 29, a win over Tulsa that gave Turgeon the 300th of his career.

All of this, paired with the pending arrival of McDonalds all-American point guard Melo Trimble, appeared to usher Allen into a more comfortable situation, where he could score at his natural position of shooting guard without worrying about running the offense. Dynamic in the open floor and masterful at contorting his body in traffic, Allen would have reinforced a back court already handling the losses of Peters and Faust. Before his injury, and even after, Turgeon repeatedly told reporters how Allen was playing at “a very high level.” Instead, Allen will finish his college career elsewhere, telling ESPN that he had no possible destinations in mind yet.

As the offseason dawned, hastened by a last-second loss to Florida State during the ACC tournament and a fourth straight season without an NCAA tournament berth, Turgeon faced a crowded scholarship situation and a loaded incoming freshman class. In the weeks since, Maryland has shifted from a surplus of bodies to 10 players on scholarship, half of whom will be freshmen, and a fan base increasingly agitated over the exodus. The Terps have been linked to IUPUI graduate student transfers Ian Chiles, among others, and are expected to ratchet up their search for an offseason addition, especially given their point guard situation, with no experienced option behind Trimble except Wells.

Trimble, for his part, spent Thursday afternoon retweeting messages of support from Maryland fans.

Former Maryland player Drew Nicholas also weighed in.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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