Basketball Recruiting

Former Garner guard Thomas Allen opts out of commitment to Wolfpack

Posted March 29

Thomas Allen (12) of Garner High School.  Garner High School hosted Millbrook High School for the fourth round of the boys play-offs.   Garner advance in the play offs by defeating Millbrook 93 to 88.   Photo by:  Suzie Wolf

— Former Garner High School basketball player Thomas Allen has asked North Carolina State University to release him from his commitment to play college ball there.

Allen, who transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season, announced his commitment on Twitter in October. "I'm staying home. Raleigh," the tweet read with a photo of Allen with NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried.

With Gottfried out and Kevin Keatts the new leader of the Wolfpack, Allen asked for his release.

Allen was the only member of the Class of 2017 to have signed a letter of intent with NC State.

Allen played varsity basketball all three seasons at Garner, earning numerous all-conference and all-area awards.

He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds on, which rates him a four-star prospect at the shooting guard position.

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  • THeelBrn Mar 30, 2017

    College basketball has become a money cow. Seems that high school players signing letter of intent to play at a college have become like pro athletes signing a contract to play for an NBA team. These are kids still in high school that have already started to be merchandised by colleges who play in the big time arena known as college basketball. Sounds innocent doesn't it?