Wichita State has self-reported an NCAA violation stemming from the recruitment of Texas A&M transfer Peyton Allen, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com.
Allen announced his decision to transfer out of the Aggie program on July 14th. He arrived for an official visit at Wichita State on July 31st, which is the final day of the dead period for official visits. The program was allowed to pay for his flight and his hotel on that day, but they were not allowed to fund a campus visit or take the family out to dinner, which they did.
It was a Level 3 violation.
“Inadvertent and unintentional,” a source said.
CBSSports.com was the first to report the violation, noting that Wichita State’s self-sanctions include a reduction of two recruiting days and the loss of one of the program’s 12 allowed official visits. The NCAA has reportedly agreed with the sanctions.
Allen averaged 4.5 points as a freshman last season. He will sit out the 2015-16 season and have three years of eligibility remaining. An athletic, 6-foot-5 off-guard, Allen will help to replace senior all-american Ron Baker when Baker graduates after this season.
Wichita State landed a transfer as Texas A&M guard Peyton Allen committed to the Shockers, as told to NBC Sports by Allen’s father. The 6-foot-5 Allen spent his freshman season with the Aggies and averaged 14.1 minutes per game in 32 appearances.
Allen averaged 4.8 points per game and shot 38 percent from the field in his lone season in the SEC. At the Missouri Valley Conference level, Allen should find more success creating his own shot and he’s also a better shooter than his 32 percent 3-point percentage indicates. Allen will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out one season.
The addition of Allen should help offset the loss of Ron Baker, who graduates after this season.
Texas A&M lost a young rotation player on Tuesday as a source confirmed with NBCSports.com that rising sophomore guard Peyton Allen will transfer.
The 6-foot-5 native of Illinois appeared in 32 games for the Aggies last season and averaged 4.5 points per game on 38 percent shooting. With the influx of talent that Texas A&M is bringing in with these next few recruiting classes, playing time would have been a big battle for Allen in his sophomore season.
During the initial recruiting process, Allen also took official visits to Vanderbilt and Butler and also visited Tennessee under the old staff. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the next season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
2014 guard Peyton Allen verbally commits to Texas A&M
Texas A&M added a player to its 2014 recruiting class on Thursday, as 6-foot-5 shooting guard Peyton Allen verbally committed to the SEC school. Allen, a native of Chatham, Ill., also held offers from schools such as Butler, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
In addition to Allen the Aggies have received commitments from guards Sidy Ndir and Alex Robinson, with both having signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. In regards to eligibility Texas A&M will lose just one guard from its perimeter rotation at the end of this season, Fabyon Harris.
According to Brian Snow of Scout.com, Allen committed to the school that was among the first to offer him a scholarship.
A 6-foot-5 guard who can really shoot it, Allen picked up double figure high-major offers as of late, but it was the Aggies that were the first to offer him, and that proved to be the difference.
Allen had a significant amount of comfort with the team and the coaching staff, and that led to him selecting the SEC school.
Allen’s ability to shoot the basketball is something Texas A&M could make good use of next season. Currently the Aggies rank 12th in the SEC in field goal percentage and 13th in three-point percentage, shooting 43.1% from the field and 30.3% from beyond the arc.