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Thomas Allen moves to Ball State basketball team after stints at Nebraska, NC State

Former NC State and Nebraska basketball player Thomas Allen announced his transfer to Ball State. Allen, a former four-star prospect in the Class of 2017, played with the Huskers under Tim Miles from 2017-19. Miles was fired after the season, resulting in Allen landing in the transfer portal. He missed the 2019-20 season due to the old NCAA transfer rule and played the last two seasons with the Wolfpack.

“I appreciate the opportunity @CoachMikeLewis“, Allen wrote. “Let’s go to work! #WE WANT

Allen joins a Ball State team that went 14-17 a year ago, leading to the dismissal of James Whitford after nine seasons. Cardinals hired assistant from UCLA Michael Lewiswho was on Miles’ staff in Nebraska from 2016-19, while Allen was there as well.

Allen had a strong first season at NC State, playing 17 games (15 starts) in a year when NC State only played 25 games due to the schedule-altering COVID-19 pandemic. He averaged 26.4 minutes per game, along with 7.4 points and 2.5 rebounds on 36.4% shooting, including an impressive 37.9% mark from deep. He saw a big drop in his playing time during the 2021-22 season.

Allen played 26 games with six starts, seeing his average minutes per game drop to 14.2. He’s averaging 3.8 points on 35.9% shooting. His best game was a 71-69 loss at Pittsburgh on Feb. 12, when he scored 14 points on 4-for-7 3-pointers. He missed the final three games of the regular season and the ACC Tournament opener with an ankle injury.

In his first season at Nebraska in 2017-18, Allen played 32 games and averaged 9.9 minutes. He’s averaging 3.2 points on 39.5% shooting. The 2018-19 season saw Allen leapfrog and play a big role for a Huskers team that spent time in the AP Top 25. Allen appeared in 29 games (25 starts) and averaged 30.2 minutes. He posted averages of 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2 assists on 43.6% shooting, including 36.4% from beyond the arc.

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From Garner (NC) Brewster Academy, Allen was the No. 103 ranked player for the Class of 2017, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He was North Carolina’s No. 21 ranked shooting guard and No. 4 ranked player. Considered a Kansas skinny for a time, Allen committed to Nebraska on the Jayhawks, NC State, Ohio State, St. Louis and a host of other Power Five and mid-major offers.