NC State signee Thomas Allen took a risk when he left Garner (NC) High School to play for prep power Brewster Academy (NH), but the move paid off in a big way for Allen.
"Our season went well," said Allen. "We went 33-0. It was a big change from playing in Garner, but it was good with me. Just being able to play with and against fifth-year guys and postgrads, in games and practices. I think it made me better, playing against 19 and 20 year-olds instead of 16 and 17-year olds."
Allen had a big-time year for Brewster. Playing on a team that included signees from Florida, Purdue, and Georgia Tech, and in arguably the best prep league in the country, Allen took home NEPSAC Class AAA Player of the Year honors.
"That award meant a lot," said Allen. "That's one of the best leagues in the country, maybe the best league in the country. To get it... I think that says a lot about how well I played."
A big-time shooter who can score from three-point range, the mid-range, and at the rim, Allen is considered by most a combo guard capable of playing on the ball or on the wing. How was he used at Brewster?
"They used me more as a scorer," he said. "That was pretty much my job, to score the ball and be involved on the other end of the floor as well. For me, playing on the ball is something I like to do, but playing off the ball I like that as well. I think in college I'll be on the ball the majority of the time."
Allen signed with NC State in the fall after committing to head coach Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack recently parted ways with Gottfried, and Allen was asked about the move.
"Once I found out about it, that struck me a certain type of way," he said. "But, I finished the season out and haven't really thought about it much. I'm going to wait and see who they hire."
According to Allen, he's had some discussions with NC State AD Debbie Yow since the firing.
"I talked to the AD a few weeks ago, and she told me that she was going to try and find the right coach," said Allen. "I don't really know who they are going to hire though. I know Will Wade is one of the candidates, and he had offered me as well. So, we'll see what happens."
Allen is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com.
UPDATE: Allen reached out and stated that after checking he had not received a formal offer from UNC Wilmington.