Former Michigan State Player Chris Allen To Transfer To Iowa State

Although Chris Allen was kicked off the Michigan State basketball team by Tom Izzo, his former coach helped him find a new school, and he has decided to transfer to Iowa State.

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Chris Allen To Transfer To Iowa State

Ex-Michigan State guard Chris Allen is going to transfer to Iowa State. The Cyclones were one of the schools Allen visited in recent weeks and made his final list along with UTEP. Allen garnered interest from a number of schools, including Notre Dame, UConn, Memphis and South Florida.

Allen was kicked off Michigan State's basketball team earlier in the month, but he left the program on good terms with Tom Izzo, who actually helped him find a new school.

"A year away from basketball and a fresh start will be beneficial for his development as a player and a young man," Izzo said in a statement. "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."

Allen had this to say about his decision to play for Iowa State:

"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 said in a statement. "It has a great family atmosphere that makes it feel like home. I was really impressed with Coach (Fred) Hoiberg and the rest of the coaching staff."

Because of transfer rules, Allen will not be eligible to play for Iowa State until the 2011-12 season.

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Chris Allen Kicked Off Michigan State Basketball Team

Chris Allen's status with Michigan State has been up in the air for months, but that is no longer the case, as Tom Izzo has kicked him off the team.

"It’s been no secret that Chris Allen’s been in a tenuous position since spring,” Izzo said. “There were multiple obligations that Chris had to meet in order to return for his senior season. While he did make progress through the summer, he has failed to meet all the obligations and will not be a part of our program this fall.

"I know he’s going to be a great player. He deserves another chance to play basketball somewhere, but it’s in everyone’s best interest that it be somewhere other than Michigan State. Like every player, he has to mature a little bit. I think a year away from the game will be beneficial for his development as a person and a player.”

Allen had this to say about Izzo's decision:

“Coach was straightforward with me about what I needed to do to remain a part of the team,” Allen said in the statement. “Unfortunately, I didn’t meet all the obligations. I have enjoyed my time at Michigan State and I appreciate all the support from my fans, and everyone associated with the program.

“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out, but I’m leaving on good terms with my teammates and coaches.”

Although Izzo decided it was best for Allen to leave the team, he is apparently trying to help him find a new home. In fact, it looks like Allen could end up at South Florida, where he would play for former MSU assistant Stan Heath. From Jim Comparoni:

I expect Chris Allen to transfer to South Florida. Izzo spoke with Stan Heath about Allen possibly moving on to USF last month. Amicable.

As for MSU, I doubt losing Allen will affect them too much. Does is hurt to lose talent and experience? No doubt. But MSU has so much talent from top to bottom on their roster that I don't think this will make a big difference in what the Spartans accomplish next season. With Allen or without Allen, they are still a favorite to win the national title in my mind.

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