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Maryland guard Seth Allen to transfer

May 2, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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.

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - May 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Turgeon has to address this to the public. Either he has recruiting a bunch of babies or something is wrong with him or his program. I was all for Faust leaving because he is down right terrible but Allen would have probably started all next year. Sounds like he was worried about his job but instead of working harder…he leaves. Unless I hear otherwise Im glad hes gone because he was weak.

  2. narfmoo12 - May 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Faust thought he was Reggie Miller and could chuck threes from anywhere on the court. Peters could barely dribble without looking at the ball, let alone try to run the point. Cleare is monster, but appeared to not know the rules on defense, nor could he score without dunking.

    Allen is a loss, but he never learned how to play within a system. He thought he was still in high school where he was better than everyone he played against.

  3. lenbias34pt - May 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    The above comments are pretty much spot on.

    I’d guess Coach Turgeon told everyone on the team you have to improve or you will not play.

    Seth took poor shots, to often didn’t run the O, didn’t value the ball or give reasonable effort on D. No scout alive would disagree with that, but i suspect Seth had a hard time seeing this clear reflection.

    Dez and Jake will both be in the running for ALL Big Ten spots and the team could very well dance…..but they will need a huge season from the highly thought of FR point Guard.

  4. DJ MC - May 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    The rumors were that Allen and Charles Mitchell were considering leaving. Turgeon denied that, but Allen turned out to be true. If Mitchell goes, that’s four of the five primary starters for the team last season, and five of the top eight in minutes.

    Nothing about this looks good. Either there are actual problems behind the scenes, or if Turgeon is pushing them out (directly or indirectly through informing them of cut PT) that says something about his recruiting and development.

  5. jaxhotspur11 - May 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Turgeon out. I’ve seen enough to see that either he’s recruiting the wrong guys or he can’t develop the guys he recruits. You expect to see this stuff in years one and two, but by now there should be stability and growth in the program. I have no doubt he’s done after this coming season of mediocrity.

  6. tomtravis76 - May 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Turge gets two more seasons, if there is not a significant improvement, he needs to seek employment elsewhere.

    The players that have come in are not improving. Jake has shown flashes of the guy everyone heard about leading team USA, but he really plays on the terps court like he is scared to make a mistake. That is either him not being confident or the coaching staff crushing him on a daily basis.

    The terps will look very different next season with seven footers, in the gym range shooters , and a potential for a fast playing team…big ten might be in for a surprise.

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