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WVU basketball picks up verbal pledge from Nebraska shooting guard Teddy Allen


West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team picked up another verbal commitment for the 2017 signing class, as Boys Town, Nebraska shooting guard Teddy Allen announced Monday that he was pledging to the Mountaineers.

“After going there, it was pretty clear-cut,” Allen said in a video interview on “It’s hard to be around [WVU head coach Bob] Huggins, a Hall-of-Famer, and not want to play for him. The staff was great, the players were great. Morgantown showed a lot of love. It was everything I expected it to be and more. The decision was easy.”

Allen, a 6-foot-5, 222-pound prospect with a 6-8 wingspan, had narrowed his top choices to five — WVU, Omaha, Cincinnati, DePaul and Iowa State. He had transferred from Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona and became eligible to play in the second semester last season. In that time, he was named to the Nebraska Class C-1 all-state first team after averaging 26.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Allen joins 247Sports four-star power forward Derek Culver from Warren G. Harding High in Warren, Ohio, and three-star small forward D’Angelo Hunter from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, in WVU’s 2017 recruiting class.