Former Maryland guard Seth Allen will transfer to Virginia Tech, an official in the Hokies’ athletic department confirmed to The Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto. Giannotto reports:
Allen will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015-16 season. Usually, players that transfer from one ACC school to another conference team are ineligible for two years, but a league official said this week that rule does not apply with Maryland’s impending move to the Big Ten in July.
Neither Allen nor his mother immediately returned phone messages seeking comment on the situation Saturday evening.
Allen’s departure, made official last Friday, caught Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon and Terrapins fans by surprise. As a sophomore last season, he averaged 13.4 points and three assists despite missing 12 games because of a broken foot. The 6-foot-1 combo guard indicated his desire to switch schools was due, in part, to aspirations of playing in the NBA and the reality that players his size must be point guards at that level.
Though Allen was set to take on a major scoring role in College Park next season, incoming McDonald’s all-American Melo Trimble (O’Connell) will likely see a majority of the minutes at point guard for the Terrapins. Allen was the fourth player to transfer from Maryland this offseason.