UPDATE: According to multiple sources Seth Allen has committed to Virginia Tech during his visit to Blacksburg. "I love Buzz," Allen said. "It's as simple as that."
Seth Allen has committed to Virginia Tech, sources told ESPN. HUGE pickup for Buzz Williams and his staff.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 10, 2014
Point guard Seth Allen was the first recruit signed by Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and now he's joining the exodus of players leaving the program.
Allen is visiting Virginia Tech this weekend after a stop in Charlottesville to look at Virginia. NC State Wolfpack is another potential destination for the 6'1" guard out of Fredericksburg Christian School in Fredericksburg, VA.
Maryland transfer Seth Allen told ESPN that Virginia, Virginia Tech and N.C. State are among those who have expressed interest thus far.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 9, 2014
As a sophomore at Maryland, Allen 13.4 PPG and 3 assists per contest. He shot 40.6% from the field including 38% from three point range. He scored a then career-high 21 points against the Hokies in Maryland's ACC opener on 8-of-12 shooting. He later bested that performance with 32 points against Florida State.
Coming out of high school, all of the major recruiting services rated him a three star recruit and ESPN had him as the 7th best player in Virginia.
Allen is restricted from transferring to Big Ten schools and will be a junior when he becomes eligible to play in 2014-15
Expect a decision quickly here. Allen told the Washington Post that he may announce his decision in the next week or two, likely after he has a chance to visit NC State.
Obviously, Buzz Williams would prefer to have a point guard who could play immediately but at this point those candidates are few and far between. While the incredibly thin front court has to be Tech's primary concern, Williams has been very eager to add another point guard.
That's partially due to depth. You can't play big time basketball with only two true point guards. The Hokies have other players who can run the point in a pinch, but they can't be leaned on to run the offense in the same way as a dedicated floor general.
It also has to make one wonder if Buzz Williams is completely satisfied with the talent level at the position. That's not necessarily a knock on Devin Wilson and Malik Mueller because the Hokies are trying to upgrade the talent level across the board, but it tells us Buzz isn't satisfied with waiting a year to address the position.
Allen will be a junior during Wilson's junior season. Mueller will be a redshirt sophomore so the Hokies would have more depth, but it's a long term solution.