Allen will transfer to Virginia Tech, a Hokies athletic department official confirmed Saturday afternoon, just more than a week after announcing he had elected to part ways with the Terrapins.
He reportedly chose Virginia Tech over Virginia and North Carolina State after a campus visit this weekend, providing added credibility and a new centerpiece for Coach Buzz Williams’s rebuilding efforts in Blacksburg, Va.
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.
Virginia Tech already has point guards Devin Wilson, an all-ACC freshman team selection this past season, and Malik Mueller on scholarship. But the Hokies are coming off their worst season in 59 years (9-22), a campaign that ultimately cost former coach James Johnson his job. Williams was lured away from Marquette four days later and he has been busy reconstructing Virginia Tech’s roster ever since.
Forwards Trevor Thompson (Ohio State) and Maurice Kirby decided to transfer and rising junior Marshall Wood elected to give up basketball in order to focus on academics.
But Williams has since received commitments from four-star guard Ahmed Hill and center Satchel Paige, two 2014 Marquette recruits that were let out of their national letters-of-intent once Williams left the school. He also convinced 2014 Virginia Tech prospects Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson to honor the national letters-of-intent they signed under Johnson.
Allen, though, will go down as Williams’s biggest splash yet.