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Timmy Allen, Utah’s All-Pac-12 forward, plans to enter transfer portal

Returning to the Utes, says the player’s godfather, is an option but depends on who the next head coach is.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) takes the ball to the basket as California Golden Bears forward Kuany Kuany (13) defends, in PAC12 Basketball action between the the Utah Utes and the California Golden Bears, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2021. According to a Twitter post on March 26, 2021, Allen will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.

A fourth University of Utah basketball player intends to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, and this one is the biggest name yet.

Timmy Allen, an All-Pac-12 forward and the Utes’ leading scorer last season, will enter the portal, his Compton Magic AAU club announced on Twitter on Friday evening.

Allen immediately becomes one of the nation’s top available transfers.

Allen’s name was not in the portal on Friday evening, per a source with access to the database, but the intention is that it will be. Allen’s godfather, Ray Arvizu, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday evening that Allen returning to Utah in 2021-22 remains a possibility, but that possibility is obviously related to who the next head coach is.

Allen’s decision to test the transfer waters comes as Utah is still in search of a coach after Larry Krystkowiak was fired on March 16. Since March 15, Lahat Thioune, Jordan Kellier, Riley Battin and now Allen have opted for the transfer portal.

As a junior last season, Allen averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 25 games for the 12-13 Utes. Allen was one of just three players nationwide to average 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. In 85 career games at Utah, Allen has 1,323 points, while averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.

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