Teddy Allen Latest Departure For WVU Men’s Hoops Team
The roster of the West Virginia’s men’s basketball team has had more arrivals and departures than Grand Central Station this spring, and the changes continued today when rising sophomore Teddy Allen announced his decision to transfer.
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Allen had an excellent freshman season for the Mountaineers, averaging 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. His effort while playing was good, but his ability to follow instructions and listen to the coach staff caused an absence in midseason. He was pulled from the Texas Tech game after showing insubordination, and sat out contests against Kansas and Texas to reinforce the message.
Head coach Bob Huggins, who weathered similar instances midway through his WVU career, noted that he often has to set standards early so behavior doesn’t become a problem later on.
“It’s better to lay the law down early so they can understand,” the veteran coach said. “When you tell them something and draw the line, and they don’t recognize where the line is, then you have to teach them what the line means.”
Allen appeared to respond to that message, as he did return to the lineup, but some of the zest and enjoyment he had shown early in the season wasn’t as evident down the stretch. There were additional outbursts, that, while not severe, indicated that he wasn’t 100% happy with his situation.He has not indicated a transfer destination.
Whatever the ultimate reasons for the departure, there is no doubt that this will be a hit for the Mountaineers to absorb. While his perimeter shooting was still a big work in progress, Allen was a creative scorer who could get shots away inside, no matter the size or length of the foe. No other guard or wing could match that ability, and using Allen in that role gave WVU some different looks it could use to create mismatches.
Allen averaged almost 12 minutes per game, shooting 46.7% from the field and 73.8% from the free throw line. His departure again balances up the ingress and egress of West Virginia’s roster. Five new signees are expected in Morgantown over the summer, with graduates Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, along with transfers Allen, Maciej Bender and D’Angelo Hunter exiting the program.
WVU is still awaiting a decision for Sagaba Konate, who is still in the NBA Draft process, to announce his intentions. He has until June 11 to decide whether to remove himself from the draft. West Virginia also remains in the recruiting hunt for guard Emmitt Matthews, so changes to the roster may still not be complete.