While the Maryland basketball program is on its way out of the ACC, one of the team’s former players has decided to stick around.
According to multiple outlets (reported first by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein) guard Seth Allen has decided to transfer to Virginia Tech, where he’ll play for new head coach Buzz Williams. Allen will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 campaign. As a sophomore Allen, who missed 12 games after suffering a broken bone in his left foot, averaged 13.4 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Terrapins.
Allen becomes the fifth player to commit to Virginia Tech since Williams came aboard back in March, and his addition gives the Hokies some additional depth on the perimeter. Allen played both on and off the ball at Maryland, and with that in mind the question will be how much this affects point guard Devin Wilson when the 2015-16 season arrives. Wilson averaged 9.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game as a freshman, earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors as selected by the media.
Wilson started all 31 games for Virginia Tech last season, and he’ll likely be the starter for the Hokies in 2014-15 as well but there isn’t much in the way of depth at the position.
As for shooting guard Williams will have options, with incoming freshmen Justin Bibbs, Ahmed Hill and Jalen Hudson all joining holdovers Ben Emelogu (10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg) and Will Johnston (a former walk-on; 3.2 ppg) at the position. And with the graduation of Jarell Eddie it’s likely that a couple of those players will see time at the three in 2014-15.
At the very least Virginia Tech, which won just nine games last season (2-16 ACC), can use additional depth and talent on the perimeter given the fact that they didn’t were lacking in both departments in 2013-14. And when taking those factors into consideration, the addition of Allen is a good one.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.