What was once speculation is official. Just days after it was reported that Maryland Terrapins guard Seth Allen was requesting a release from the program, ESPN.com has officially confirmed that the University of Maryland has granted Allen his release. The shocking news comes on the heels of a mass exodus from the program earlier this offseason, when Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare, and Roddy Peters opted to transfer from the school.
Allen was the most surprising of them all, though. Initially a diamond-in-the-rough three-star recruit for the Terrapins, Allen was one of the first recruits Turgeon brought in on his own. By most accounts, the two had a very good relationship with one another as well, and there was a near definite certainty that Allen was going to be the day one starter for the Terps. He had finished last season strongly and despite the Terrapins not having made the tournament, Allen was a bright spot upon his return from injury.
Still, there is a lot of speculation that Allen is departing from the Terps because of the arrival of McDonald’s All-American guard Melo Trimble and the three guard 2014 class. Despite the transfers from the program, there is a chance that Allen was unhappy with the direction of the program and Turgeon’s goals aligning with that of his own.
Allen immediately made a big impact on the Terrapins, and started played a fair amount of minutes early on in his career, including scoring 21 in his first ACC game against Virginia Tech. Even after missing 12 games last year, Allen averaged 13.1 points per game and 3 assists for the Terps. He was a career 2-2 against Duke, too.
The departure puts some major pressure on the program, but mostly Coach Turgeon. It’s a rarity for this many coaches to still have a job with this many players transferring out, and while a lot of this is just a ton of coincidences occurring, it could also point to an unhealthy program. That said, Maryland is still at least moderately poised to tread water next season in spite of five transfers, thanks in part to a five person recruiting class. It does mean the freshman will have to perform drastically better than previously expected, however.
Regardless, not great. We’ll have more information coming your way shortly.