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Chris Allen Transforms into a Cyclone

Chris Allen is reportedly headed to Iowa State to play out his final year of college basketball eligibility (after sitting out a year).  Allen had also considered playing at UTEP and St. John's.

Former Cyclone star Fred Hoiberg was named the new head coach at Iowa State earlier this year.  Coming off a 4-12 finish in Big 12 play this past season, the Cyclones are clearly in rebuilding mode.  Their top two offensive stars both departed following last season (Marquis Gilstrap graduated; Craig Brackins left for the NBA) and it appears the team will have four seniors in its playing rotation this season, so the opportunity will definitely be there for Allen to be a major contributor when he's able to take the court.  As noted in Sam Hosey's article, fellow former Big Tenners Chris Babb and Royce White will be joining Allen in Ames.

We still don't really understand the dynamics that led to Tom Izzo dismissing Allen, but he certainly worked hard to become a better player at MSU, and we wish him the best of luck as he continues his college career elsewhere.