The Texas A&M Aggies are coming off a 21 – 12 record in 2014-15, which included an 11 – 7 record in the SEC. They advanced to the 2nd Round of the NIT, providing the team with a small sample of the pressure that they will experience in post-season play moving forwards.
With the success of the program fresh in the minds of potential recruits, the Aggies brought in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in advance of the 2015-16 season.
Centers Tyler Davis and Elijah Thomas committed to Texas A&M, along with small forward D.J. Hogg and shooting guard Admon Gilder. Add in returning stars like Danuel House, Alex Caruso, and others, and the Aggies have a ton of talent on the roster.
The problem with that is that there are only so many slots on a roster, meaning changes were inevitable for the program.
In late-July, a change came to the forefront, as Peyton Allen opted to transfer from the program after just one year.
After a short time on the transfer market, the shooting guard found his new home after just one visit to the school.
Peyton Allen will transfer to Wichita State.
Last season as a freshman, the 6’5” guard out of Chatham, IL put together a respectable season in limited floor time. In 14.1 minutes per action, Allen averaged 4.5 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per contest.
His best performance was an early-season match-up with the New Orleans Privateers back on November 18th. In just 15 minutes of floor time, Allen shot 6-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three point range, for a season-best 16 points. He also added in 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 rebound in the Aggies’ 87 – 65 victory.
Over the course of the year, Allen showed that he has a deep shooting range. He can make long shots with a relatively high level of consistency, as evident by his 32.2% shooting percentage from long distance.
His shooting ability, and his size (6’5”, 202 pounds), made him a highly sought-after commodity when he announced he was transferring in late-July. After one visit to Wichita State, Allen committed the next day.
Due to transfer regulations, Allen will have to sit out the 2015-16 season. After that, he will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Shockers.
With Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker both graduating after the 2015-16 season, Allen finds himself in a position where he can step in and contribute right away. With Conner Frankamp still in the mix in 2016-17, the Shockers could have one of the better back court tandems in the Missouri Valley conference once again.
Adding a player like Allen to the mix will help keep the Shockers atop the conference in 2016-17, and may force Gregg Marshall to think harder about other coaching options following the upcoming season.