With three players having already left the Maryland program, there were rumblings earlier this week that guard Seth Allen was considering a transfer as well. And on Friday afternoon it became official, with Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reporting the news that Allen will be finishing his career at another school.
“I had a great two years there,” Allen told ESPN. “And I’m thankful for the opportunity, but I also feel as though it’s time for me to move on.”
Initially it was reported by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post that the decision wasn’t final, with Allen’s mother saying that “nothing’s settled” in regards to her son’s status. However shortly thereafter it was confirmed that Allen had asked for and received his release from Maryland.
Allen was a key player for Maryland last season after missing the first 12 games with a broken foot, averaging 13.4 points and 3.0 assists per game. And even with the pending arrival of highly regarded point guard Romelo Trimble, having Allen back in the fold would have provided Maryland both experience and depth at the point.
Without Allen the Terrapins would enter the Big Ten with four guards: Trimble, fellow freshmen Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley and rising junior Dezmine Wells. With Allen sidelined last season, it was Wells who manned the point at the start with the now-departed Roddy Peters struggling with the responsibilities. But there were times in which Wells struggled with the balance of distributing the basketball and scoring points, with Wells being a bit too deferential in those instances.
With Allen moving on there’s even more pressure on the Maryland backcourt and on head coach Mark Turgeon as well, with the Terrapins still looking for their first NCAA tournament appearance under his watch.
The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.
The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.
It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.
Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.
The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.
Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.
“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”
It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.