Cyclones Add Another Outstanding Transfer
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State men's basketball team announced today that Chris Allen, a three-year letterwinner who started 27 games for Michigan State in 2009-10, will transfer to Iowa State for the 2010-11 season. Allen signed a financial aid agreement to attend Iowa State this afternoon.
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., the 6-3, 205-pound sharpshooting guard will redshirt next year under the NCAA transfer rules and will be a redshirt senior in 2011-12.
"Chris is a very versatile perimeter player who will make an immediate impact to our program when he becomes eligible," Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I have had numerous talks with Coach (Tom) Izzo about Chris, and he has had nothing but positive things to say about him as a person and a player. Chris is an outstanding shooter, a great athlete and he proved to be an outstanding defender in his time at Michigan State."
As a member of the Spartan basketball squad the last three seasons, Allen accumulated 817 points and 141 3-pointers. His 141 career treys ranks as the 10th-best total in MSU history. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.0 assists while leading the team in 3-pointers made (53) for the second consecutive year in 2009-10. Allen made a team-high 52 treys in 2008-09.
Allen has been a part of many outstanding teams with the Spartans, helping MSU win back-to-back Big Ten titles (2009 & 2010) and advance to the NCAA Final Four each of the last two years. He has played in a total of 14 NCAA Tournament games in his Spartan career, including the 2009 NCAA Championship game vs. North Carolina. He poured in 20 points vs. Memphis in the 2008 Sweet Sixteen.
"I'm excited to select Iowa State as the place to finish my college basketball career," Allen said. "I'll miss Michigan State and all the people that have helped me and supported me over the last three years. My teammates and I achieved a lot together and I'll take that experience with me to help my new team. I'll be pulling for Michigan State next year and I know they'll be cheering for me. Like all college kids, I have areas to grow. This has been a wake-up call for me, and one that will ultimately make me stronger as a player and a person."
Allen arrived in East Lansing as one of the nation's most sought after prep recruits. He was ranked as the 29th-best overall player by Scout.com and the 33rd-best prospect by Rivals.com in the Class of 2007. He ended his brilliant prep career as Georgia's Class AAAAA Player of the Year according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A two-time first-team all-state selection, Allen averaged 27.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his final season at Meadowcreek High School. Allen was a member of USA Basketball's Men's U18 team that won a Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2006.
"I chose Iowa State because it felt like the right place for me, much like Michigan State did when I came out of high school," Allen added. "It has a great family atmosphere that makes it feel like home. I was really impressed with Coach Hoiberg and the rest of the coaching staff. They can provide me with the opportunity to continue to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA. When you look at the other players that are joining the team, it's exciting to be part of the new program that Coach Hoiberg is building in the strong Big 12 Conference."
Statement from Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
"The Iowa State program and Fred Hoiberg are getting a great addition to their team. Chris Allen is a good kid and will be a great player and a pro prospect for the Cyclones. A year away from basketball and a fresh start will be beneficial for his development as a player and a young man. I'm sad to see him go, but he and I have worked together as he has searched for his next school. With the excitement around Coach Hoiberg as he builds his program, Iowa State is a great fit for Chris, and we wish him nothing but the best."