Another new hoops target for the Kentucky Wildcats is emerging.
According to the News & Observer, Thomas Allen has received interest from Kentucky after he was released from his national letter-of-intent with NC State. Allen originally signed with the Wolfpack in the fall, but after Mark Gottfried was fired, the four-star guard reopened his recruitment.
In addition to Kentucky, Allen said he has gotten calls from Kansas, Michigan, Tennessee, Providence, Auburn, Butler, Nebraska and Xavier among others. Seeing schools like Kansas and Michigan show that Allen should become a hot commodity now that he’s back on the market.
Allen, who transferred from Garner High School to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season, is listed at 6-2 and 180 pounds. Both Scout.com and ESPN have given Allen a four-star rating in addition to being the 33rd-best shooting guard, while Rivals.com and 247 have him pegged as a three-star guy.
Kentucky needs to add another shooter in the 2017 class, and Allen is known as just that. The Cats are losing Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder and Derek Willis to graduation, while Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are likely entering the NBA Draft.
As of now, Kentucky has only Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo and Shai Alexander in the backcourt for next season. They must add another guard, so Allen could be someone to watch for.