Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo still has high expectations for former Meadowcreek High standout Chris Allen, but it will be at another school.
Allen has been dismissed from Michigan State after failing to meet multiple team obligations. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard was entering his senior year for the Spartans, which are being mentioned as top contenders for next season’s national championship. Allen may transfer to another Div. I school, but may have to sit out a year under NCAA rules.
“I know he’s going to be a great player,” Izzo said in a statement. “He deserves another chance to play basketball somewhere, but it’s in everyone’s 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, who was a member of two straight Final Four teams at Michigan State, had been in the doghouse since last spring. He had not been working out with the team over the summer, according to the Detroit News.
“I have enjoyed my time at Michigan State and I appreciate all the support from my fans and everyone associated with the program,” Allen said. “It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out, but I’m leaving on good terms with my teammates and coaches.”