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Top 100 Guard Thomas Allen Commits to Nebraska Cornhuskers

What do the Cornhuskers gain with the commitment of Allen?

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Nebraska
Head coach Tim Miles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up a huge 2017 commit last week.
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After an offseason marred with player transfers, Nebraska finally received some good news this past week with the addition of Winthrop transfer Duby Okeke and 2017 top 100 guard Thomas Allen.

Allen announced his commitment to the Cornhuskers on April 21st through social media. He was originally committed to North Carolina State, but opened up his recruitment after the firing of coach Mark Gottfried.

Nebraska had long been considered by Allen, who almost committed to the Cornhuskers last fall, according to a report from The Lincoln Journal Star.

After decommitting from the Wolkpack, Nebraska was quickly back on Allen. Head coach Tim Miles had to beat out many other suitors for the talented 6’1” guard from New Hampshire. Allen had offers from teams such as Illinois, Kansas, VCU, Ohio State and Texas A&M among others. He recently made visits to schools such as Xavier, Creighton and Texas during the spring recruiting period.

Nebraska’s wide open depth chart sold Allen and he committed to coach Miles late last week.

What do the Cornhuskers get with Allen? An elite level three-point stroke is his best quality. Allen shot 48% from distance for Brewster Academy last season, a talented basketball prep school that went 33-0 in 2016-17. Check out some highlights below of Allen lighting up opponents from deep. Highlights courtesy of Rivals.

Allen also has the ability to drive and get to the basket. Given that he is a smaller shooting guard, it is impressive that he already has an effective floater when close to the hoop. If he can avoid offensive fouls, this will be a valuable scoring weapon against Big Ten front court players. Nebraska loves to run high pick’n’rolls for their guards, so he should have ample opportunity to show off this aspect of his offensive game.

Allen should fit well with fellow guard Glynn Watson Jr. There probably will be some questions defensively in putting out a backcourt shorter than 6’2”, but offensive spacing could improve next year if Allen shoots near his high school level. Nebraska desperately needs shooting to help space the floor, as only Watson was above 35% from three-point range last season.

This commitment shouldn’t be understated. This is a massive pick-up for Miles and Nebraska basketball. Allen will probably be able to help immediately, and when you combine this pick up with Okeke, the perception around the Cornhusker basketball program improves. Nebraska desperately needed offseason news that didn’t involve one of their returners transferring. A top 100 guard committing to the program is a welcomed sight for everyone in Lincoln.

The Cornhuskers still have two open scholarships for next season. Look for them to remain active in the graduate transfer market. According to the above report from the Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska is actively recruiting Princeton big man Hans Brase.

Stay tuned to BTPowerhouse for any continued recruiting action from the Nebraska Cornhuskers.