LINCOLN — Sophomore guard Thomas Allen’s name has been entered into the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source inside the Nebraska basketball program.
The 6-foot-1, 184-pound shooter will wait to make a decision on if he’ll leave Nebraska until after a new coach is hired, and after he’s gauged interest from other schools.
Tim Miles was fired from Nebraska on Tuesday after seven seasons. Allen is the first player to enter the portal since the firing.
Allen, a former four-star prospect, was one of Miles’ top recruits in the 2017 class.
Allen averaged 8.7 points per game this season, shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. He started in 25 of 29 games this year, averaging about 30 minutes.
Allen suffered a high-ankle sprain at Michigan in late February, sidelining him for the rest of the season.
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Mark Turgeon, Maryland head coach
Current Salary: $2.85 million
On its surface, this makes no sense. Turgeon is in a recruiting hotbed in the D.C. area at a historically sound program. But things between Turgeon and the athletic department aren’t great. Turgeon has been around long enough to know when it might be time for a new gig. If the payment is right, maybe he comes to Lincoln. Turgeon was born in Topeka, played at Kansas, coached at Wichita State and worked his way up to the Texas A&M job in 2007. He won 24 or more games in all four seasons at A&M and went to the tournament each year. At Maryland, he’s finished as high as second in the Big Ten and been to the dance three times. He’s used to recruiting in the Midwest and knows how to win in the Big Ten. But is he willing to take a harder job?
Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette head coach
Current Salary: $1.2 million
The former Duke point guard is a 42-year-old head coach with nearly 100 wins in five seasons at Marquette. He hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game yet but is one of the top young coaches in the game. Woj was an assistant at Duke from 1999 to 2014, helping Duke win two titles in 2001 and 2010. Nebraska could easily double his $1.2 million salary from Marquette.
Tony Stubblefield, Oregon assistant
A UNO graduate and Altman assistant, he was an assistant at UNO for three years and has been an assistant all the way up the coaching food chain. Altman hired him in 2010, and Stubblefield has been one of Altman’s best recruiters. Moos has connections to Oregon, and if he can’t land Altman, Stubblefield could be a good Plan B.