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New Mexico State secures commitment from high-level scorer Teddy Allen

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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Chris Jans has made a habit of taking in traveled, but talented college players and turning them into all-conference selections. He may have struck again with his latest high-scoring import.

Nebraska transfer guard Teddy Allen, one of the more productive scorers in the Big 10 last season, announced his commitment to the Aggies Tuesday via instagram.

Allen averaged 16.5 points per game for the Cornhuskers last season before leaving the team on March 1st. However, Allen's last performance at Nebraska was his most memorable.

On February 23rd vs. Penn State, Allen scored 41 points to go along with eight rebounds in six assists to make for the second-ever highest point total in Nebraska single-game history. It was the most ever in a Nebraska home game. The Cornhuskers lost 86-83.

A 6-foot-5 native of Mesa, AZ, Allen will need a waiver to play for the Aggies, given his past transfer history.

New Mexico State will be Allen's fifth stop in his college career. He started his career at West Virginia, where averaged 12 minutes per game for a Mountaineers team that went to the Sweet 16. Allen averaged 11.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament that year.

Allen transferred to Wichita State following the 2018 season, but after arriving on campus Allen was arrested following a disturbance at a woman's home. He was later charged with domestic violence property crime and petty theft, both misdemeanors.

Wichita State dismissed Allen after the arrest.

Allen then landed at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE, where he lead the nation in scoring with 31.4 points per game on 51% shooting before committing to Nebraska. He led the Huskers in scoring last season.

Fortunately for Allen, Aggies coach Chris Jans has a successful history of taking players from elsewhere.

Guard Trevelin Queen had been at three schools before arriving in Las Cruces in 2018, before becoming an All-WAC selection while leading the Aggies to two regular season conference titles. Queen now plays in the NBA G-League.

In total, nine players from the 2020-2021 New Mexico State roster had played a previous NCAA or junior college program before joining the Aggies.

Should Allen gain elgibility, he would pair with 2020 Preseason WAC Player of the year Jabari Rice to form one of the stronger backcourts in an increasingly competitive Western Athletic Conference.

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Nate Ryan

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