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Reports: Former Maryland guard Seth Allen transfers to Virginia Tech

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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.

Maryland guard Seth Allen to transfer

Seth Allen

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.

Maryland’s competing now, but issues at the point keep popping up

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Maryland was in danger of missing the NCAA tournament before Monday night’s visit from No. 4 Syracuse, and while their 57-55 loss doesn’t really damage an already weak profile, what it does is take away yet another opportunity to make themselves look better in the eyes of the committee.

The Terps have now lost three of their last four games and four of their last six. All four of those losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top 25. These last three weeks were Maryland’s chance to make themselves relevant once again, and they couldn’t capitalize on it.

And here’s the frustrating part: Maryland’s gotten better. They’re not a bad basketball team. They lost to Syracuse by two points in a game where Seth Allen had a shot to win at the buzzer. They lost to Duke at Cameron in a game where Charles Mitchell’s go-ahead layup rolled off the rim with less than 10 seconds left. They lost at Virginia by eight. They lost at North Carolina by 12.

This is a team that can hang with the ACC’s big dogs at home or on the road.

They’re just not good enough to beat them yet.

It will be interesting to see if that changes in the coming years.

Mark Turgeon has stockpiled quite a bit of talent in College Park, and he’s got another excellent recruiting class coming in next season. The key, however, is going to end up being point guard Romelo Trimble, because for two years now, the Terps have lacked a leader at that position.

I like Allen. I like him a lot. But I like him as a change-of-pace sparkplug off the bench. He’s a shooter and a scorer that is capable of doing things like putting up 22 points on the Orange. He was 6-for-9 from three point range. He also had five turnovers and no assists.

As a point guard.

You don’t have to be a basketball-savant to see the issue there.

The bottom-line is this: Roddy Peters is a playmaker, but he’s not yet ready to be a full-time point guard and I’m not sure if he will ever be. Dez Wells is at his best when he’s able to be a slasher from the wing, a guy attacking the paint and using his physical tools to draw fouls and finish around the bucket. Nick Faust isn’t a point guard, either. Throw in Allen, and that’s a talented back court. Then toss in a front line that includes Charles Mitchell, Evan Smotrcyz, Jake Layman, Damonte Dodd and Shaq Cleare, and you’re looking at a Maryland with some promising pieces.

But they’re missing a player someone that can run an offense and get the ball in the hands of their talent in a position that they can score.

And if Trimble isn’t that guy next season, I’m not sure if things will change for Maryland.