NC State head coach Mark Gottfried checked in on Brewster Academy (NH) guard Thomas Allen on Tuesday, and according to Allen, who already holds an offer from the Wolfpack, it went well.
"It went good," said Allen. "They watched me work out and basically said that I'm a priority for NC State. They've been in with me the whole time, and they think I would be a great fit."
Allen is one of the top shooters in the 2017 class, and he lit up the adidas Uprising Gauntlet this summer with Garner Road. At 6-foot-1 he can play on and off the ball, and that versatility makes him a valuable target.
"Schools are recruiting me to play point guard," he said. "But, they still want me to do the things I do best, which is shoot and make plays.
"Wherever I go I'm gong to try and add leadership, and I'm going to try and help us win. I think I can score and be a playmaker on the court. I'm a great teammate... I think guys like to play with me."
His play led to land offers from several programs, and he has already taken official visits to Nebraska and Saint Louis.
What did Allen like about those visits?
"They both were good visits," he said. "With Nebraska, I liked coach Miles and his staff. I liked the atmosphere. At Saint Louis, I liked the city, and coach Ford and his staff... how they treat their players."
Originally he was slated to visit NC State at the end of October, but that has changed. He is now going to be taking his official visit this upcoming weekend.
"Actually, the State coaches wanted me to the move the visit up," Allen said. "I don't know... maybe it's to show me how much they want me? I feel like the later you go it can string out... but for me this will be the last [official visit]."
Allen plans on signing in the fall period, and he is close to making a decision. He doesn't have a definitive timeframe, but he has a loose plan in place.
"Me and my parents, we talked about just deciding after I take this last visit," he said. "I can't give you a direct date, but I want to get it done. It's been stressful these last few weeks, and I want to get it done so I can focus on my senior year at Brewster."
A priority recruit for NC State, Allen is actually a local product. He grew up in Garner (NC) and played his first three years of high school ball at Garner High School before transferring to Brewster Academy, a route other Garner Road standouts T.J. Warren, Devonte' Graham, and Isaac Copeland took before him.
"I'm trying to get stronger, that's one thing," he said of the move to Brewster. "Coming up here... there's not much to do besides go to the gym and do your schoolwork. It's focusing on those two things and the level of competition... even in practice, we are going hard every play."
He indicated that he has narrowed his focus to NC State, Saint Louis, and Nebraska. Allen is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com.null