Former Maryland guard Seth Allen gave an all-encompassing interview to WNST Radio in Baltimore in the days leading up to the announcement that he would be transferring to Virginia Tech.
Taking a look back at some of the quotes he gave in that interview, a lot of what he says lines up with what head coach Buzz Williams will be able to offer him in Blacksburg. Check out some excerpts below from Allen’s interview, now adding context:
ON THE ACC
“In the ACC, I can speak for my teammates, we pretty much know every player. We know who we’re going to play against, what we’re doing. The scouting report is just to refresh your memory, but you know. In the Big Ten, it’s going to be different. You’re going to have to buckle down and you’re going to have to be focused.
“[The Big Ten] has good teams and it’s just you’re not going to be playing against Duke and North Carolina...We won’t play against Virginia and NC State like all the ACC schools, but you’re still going to play against a great school, a great program and it’s going to be different...[The conference change] played a little role [in transferring]. It was going to be different. It wasn’t big though.”
From what Allen said, there seems to be a level of comfortability--however small--with the ACC. The Virginia native has friends and former teammates at other ACCs schools and there was something to that for him.
Going to Virginia Tech obviously keeps that intact. Not only that, but he will be playing for a coach who has proven he can have success in a major college basketball conference, meaning he’s not walking into a program headed by a coach who is still getting his feet wet.
ON CURRENT HEALTH STATUS
“Part of it is my foot is still not 100 percent healthy. I came back early because the team needed me and, you know, sitting out last year was a question but, you know...my team was struggling at the point and I really thought that I could come in and make an impact.”
When the paperwork dust settles, Allen will have to sit out one year before playing for the Hokies. In that one year, because he can practice but not play, the foot injury he suffered at Maryland should be 100 percent by the time he takes the court again for game action in 2015-16.
Considering the way Allen plays, the health of his foot is key to his effectiveness. No full health, no speed and explosiveness off the dribble or lift on his three-point shot.
ON WHAT POSITION HE WILL PLAY
“I’m a combo guard, naturally. I’m a dynamic scorer and I can do so many different things, but at the next level there’s no such thing as a six-foot two-guard. I’m going to have to play the one. If you look at the NBA right now, there’s more scoring point guards. Every point guard can score. So at my height and my ability, I have to be able to become a one.”
Allen is self-aware enough to realize that if he aspires to play professional basketball, wherever that is, his ticket will not be as an undersized shooting guard.
He needs to develop and refine his point guard skills and pair those with his natural scoring ability if he wants to be successful beyond the college level.
There’s an interesting wrinkle here. Remember Darius Johnson-Odom, the undersized Marquette guard who shined under Buzz Williams and went on to be a second-round pick in the NBA Draft?
Yes, DJO is taller than Allen (6-3 vs. 6-1) and stronger, but both were guards wired for scoring and needed to develop point guard skills because of their lack of size. Not to say Allen is or could be Johnson-Odom. Physically, they are built differently. But both are strong outside shooters and scorers who have similar weaknesses when it comes to defining a position.
Johnson-Odom has played sparingly in two NBA seasons, but averaged 22.0 points per game in the D-League in 2013-14.