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NU Men's Basketball Practice, 9.25.18

Nebraska's Thomas Allen (left) enjoys a laugh with teammate James Palmer in September during the Huskers' first basketball practice at Hendricks Training Complex. 

Nebraska sophomore guard Thomas Allen has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, a source confirmed to the Journal Star on Wednesday.

Allen, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native, averaged 8.7 points per game after moving into the starting lineup this season. He missed Nebraska's final seven games after suffering a high ankle sprain Feb. 28 against Michigan.

By entering his name into the portal, Allen leaves open the possibility of returning to Nebraska depending on who the school hires as its next basketball coach.

Allen was originally recruited to Nebraska by former assistant Kenya Hunter, who left after Allen's freshman season to take a similar position at Connecticut.

The former top 100 recruit was originally committed to his hometown North Carolina State Wolfpack before then-coach Mark Gottfried was fired in 2017.

Nebraska then beat out the likes of Kansas, among others, to land Allen's services.

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The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Allen was Nebraska's second-leading three-point shooter by percentage in 2018-19, hitting at a 36 percent clip from beyond the arc. He appeared in 29 games, making 25 starts.

Molinari given interim coach tag

Nebraska assistant Jim Molinari will serve as the Huskers' interim coach until a replacement for Tim Miles is hired, the school announced Wednesday.

Molinari has been on the Nebraska staff since 2014. The veteran coach had previously been a head coach at Western Illinois, Bradley and Northern Illinois. He also was an interim coach at Minnesota for the 2006-07 season.

"It has been my practice to designate someone to be in charge during a time of transition," Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said in a news release. "Because Jim has experience as a head coach, I can be confident that every aspect of the program will be monitored."

Moos in 2017 named Trent Bray as interim coach for the Nebraska football team between the firing of Mike Riley and the hiring of Scott Frost.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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