Class of 2017 four-star shooting guard Thomas Allen has committed to play for the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Garner, North Carolina, native announced his decision on Sunday alongside a tweet that read, “I’m staying home. Raleigh #WPN” alongside a picture of him with NC State head coach Mark Gottfried.
Allen becomes the first player in the Wolfpack’s 2017 recruiting class. Back in late August, he announced his final five schools as: Nebraska, Ohio State, Saint Louis, Virginia Tech, and NC State, before finally settling on the Wolfpack.
At just 6’2″ and 180 pounds, while Allen is listed currently as an off-guard, he’ll most likely have to switch to the point guard spot due to his frame. Current two-guard Maverick Rowan stands 6’7″. It’s certainly not to his advantage that the Wolfpack have an extremely youthful roster, with just three seniors heading into 2016-17, meaning he’ll have to compete against older competition in order to find playing time.
But the commitment of Allen once again reinforces NC State’s ability to keep their own. The roster currently boasts four players from Raleigh. At the same time, they have talent from far and away places such as Turkey, Congo, and even Cleveland.
After failing to make the NCAA Tournament in the five years that Sidney Lowe was at the helm, the Wolfpack made the Big Dance in Mark Gottfried’s first four seasons. They’re coming off their worst season since Lowe’s final year in 2011, after having gone 16-17 last year. Since arriving, Gottfried has a .500 record inside the ACC, becoming the first NC State head coach to do so since Jim Valvano roamed the sidelines.