Nebraska's Teddy Allen commits to New Mexico State
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State men's basketball team secured a commitment from Nebraska transfer Teddy Allen on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6 junior averaged a team-high 16.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Cornhuskers last season while shooting 37.6 percent from behind the arc. He has two remaining years of eligibility.
Allen is a college basketball journeyman. The Mesa, Arizona native began his career at West Virginia in 2017, where he averaged 7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a freshman before transferring to Wichita State in 2018.
Allen never suited up for the Shockers, though. The then-21-year-old guard was arrested on June 13, 2019, after his girlfriend accused him of coming into her home, strangling her, breaking her phone and taking her keys.
Allen was charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic violence property crime and petty theft. He was then dismissed from the team on June 18.
The next landing spot for Allen proved to be Western Nebraska Community College, where he averaged a nation-best 31.4 points per game at the JUCO level.
The breakout campaign helped Allen transfer to Nebraska, although he abruptly parted ways with the team on March 1. The Big Ten Conference's sixth-highest scorer had been dealing with a wrist injury at the time of his departure.
Allen now joins a New Mexico State team that's looking to reclaim its throne in the WAC after falling to Grand Canyon in the conference tournament's title game last season.
There will be plenty of new faces on the squad next season, though. The Aggies have seen 14 changes to their roster this offseason, losing seven players to the transfer portal and bringing in seven new additions.
New Mexico State is also awaiting the decisions of four seniors who have the option to return for one last ride. Neither Donnie Tillman, Evan Gilyard II, Clayton Henry or Johnny McCants have confirmed their return/departure.
As it stands, New Mexico State's only three returners are Jabari Rice, Gerald Doakes and William McNair.
But the addition of Allen is a big one. The veteran wing player brings good size and strength to the table, and he immediately becomes one of the premier scoring options in the conference with his ability to get a bucket at all three levels.