Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 1.17

Nebraska guard Thomas Allen (12) drives to the basket against Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman (23) in the second half Jan. 17 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. During their four-game losing streak, the Huskers are shooting just 48 percent on shots at the rim.

Six days after Thomas Allen first put his name in the NCAA's transfer portal, he has made his decision. 

The guard is leaving Nebraska. 

The choice to leave NU, which came on the same day new head coach Fred Hoiberg had his first team meeting and was introduced at a news conference, leaves the Huskers with three open scholarships for next season. 

"I would just like to thank UNL for an amazing 2 years," he wrote on Twitter. "I have learn and grown so much in this time that I've had. Truly grateful for the opportunity to play at this level. Met some people that I will have a lifetime relationship with. I want to thank the Huskers fans for all the support and Coach (Kenya) Hunter for recruiting me that means everything to me. 

"But I've decided to keep my name in the transfer portal and move on. Will always have love for this school." 

Allen, a four-star prospect out of North Carolina, played his high school ball at Brewster Academy before coming to Lincoln. As a sophomore here, he played in 26 games and started 25 before missing the final seven games after spraining his ankle against Michigan on Feb. 28. 

Allen averaged 30 minutes per game, scored 8.7 points and shot 36.4 percent from three-point range. 

He first announced that he was considering transferring on March 27, the day after former head coach Tim Miles was fired. He had already lost Hunter, his lead recruiter, last offseason. 

Now he'll play the remainder of his college ball elsewhere and Hoiberg has another hole to fill on what will be his first roster at Nebraska. 

The Huskers also must replace departed seniors James Palmer, Isaac Copeland, Glynn Watson and Tanner Borchardt. Junior forward Isaiah Roby could also leave after he entered the NBA Draft process. He could still return to school, though, because he has not yet hired an agent.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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