After a week of speculation, Seth Allen and the University of Maryland made official what had been speculated. The rising junior will transfer from the school, becoming the fourth player to choose to depart this offseason.
The combo guard from Virginia joined rising senior wing and City College alum Nick Faust (Oregon State) rising junior C Shaquille Cleare (Texas) and rising sophomore PG Roddy Peters (undecided) in leaving coach Mark Turgeon’s program since the end of 2013-2014 season.
“I’ve grown close to Seth and his family over the past few years, so I am disappointed he has decided to leave Maryland” Turgeon said in a statement. “I wish Seth the best.”
Allen was the first player to commit to the school after Turgeon replaced former head coach Gary Williams.
“I had a great two years there,” Allen told ESPN.com about his decision to depart the program. “And I’m thankful for the opportunity, but I also feel as though it’s time for me to move on.”
The Fredericksburg Christian School alum averaged 13.4 points, three assists and two rebounds over the 20 games he played after returning from injury last season. He was the team’s second leaving scorer. The four departing players averaged 29.9 points per game last season, 42% of Maryland’s total offense.
The Terrapins will return only four players who saw significant minutes last season in rising senior wing Dez Wells, rising senior forward Evan Smotrycz, rising junior forward Jake Layman and (potentially) rising junior forward Charles Mitchell. Mitchell however is rumored to be considering asking for a release from his scholarship as well.
Rising senior forward Jon Graham (Calvert Hall), rising sophomore forward Damonte Dodd and rising senior guard Varun Ram are also slated to return after playing sparingly last season.
Maryland’s 2014-2015 roster will be made up significantly by highly touted freshmen. With Allen gone, incoming freshman Romelo Trimble is the most likely candidate to take over starting point guard responsibilities-although Wells could also help at the position. Fellow incoming freshman Jarred Nickens and Dion Wiley should contribute in the backcourt as well. Incoming freshmen Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky should give a boost to Maryland’s frontcourt.
It is unknown where Allen may consider transferring.
NOTES: Coppin State announced a press conference for Tuesday to announce their new head basketball coach. Maryland assistant Bino Ranson is a finalist for the job, but HoopDirt.com is reporting the Eagles have chosen Stillman College head coach Michael Grant to replace Fang Mitchell.