4-Star SG Prospect Thomas Allen Commits to Nebraska After Release from NC State

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

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Standout shooting guard prospect Thomas Allen reportedly committed to Nebraska on Friday after previously receiving his release from a North Carolina State letter of intent.

Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com first reported the news.

Allen is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 99 overall player in the 2017 recruiting class, according to the Scout.com rankings. He's also listed as the No. 21 shooting guard and the best player at the position coming out of New Hampshire in this year's group.

The offensive sensation from Brewster Academy originally signed his national LOI with the Wolfpack in November. He reopened the recruiting process last month, however, to consider his options after receiving widespread interest.

He told Jonathan M. Alexander of the News & Observer that new NC State head coach Kevin Keatts, who replaced Mark Gottfried in mid-March, granted his release because "he's not going to beg you to stay if you want to leave."

"I feel like the first time I signed, I rushed everything," Allen said. "I didn't know how it was going to be if I didn't sign early."

Allen joins Nana Akenten, a 4-star small forward, in Nebraska's 2017 class. 

He comes to a Cornhuskers squad where playing time should be available right away. The program is coming off a forgettable 12-19 campaign, which included a 6-12 mark in Big Ten play, and will lose leading scorer Tai Webster to graduation.

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