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Utah's Timmy Allen next among Runnin' Utes with eyes on transfer portal

Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) looks to pass the ball as he is guarded by Oregon State Beavers guard Zach Reichle (11) during a game at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — Another Utah men's basketball player is running towards the transfer portal.

This one will be a huge loss, though.

Timmy Allen, the Runnin' Utes' stat-stuffing wing forward, plans to enter his name into the portal, his former AAU coach with Compton Magic said Friday evening.

A source confirmed to KSL.com and the Locked on Utes podcast that Allen hasn't officially entered the portal, but that is likely a formality. The university has two days to enter his name after being informed of his potential intent to transfer to do so, per NCAA regulations.

Allen averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game en route to all-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2020-21. The 6-foot-6, 204-pound playmaker started 57 of his 60 games played over the past two seasons, averaging more than 32 minutes per contest, and is the only player in the Pac-12 who ranked in the top 10 in the three major statistical categories.

Allen is the fifth Utah men's basketball player to enter the portal since the end of the season, all while Utah's administration juggles with a coaching change on the hill. Allen made headlines last summer when the Mesa, Arizona, native announced he was returning for his junior season, pulling his name out of the 2020 NBA draft in favor of another year with the Utes.

"I'm excited to get to work with my teammates and coaches again; I'm excited to rep this red," he said at the time. "Go Utes."

Less than a year later, the Utes are coming off a 12-13 season, including an 8-11 mark in Pac-12 play — and neither Allen's head coach nor many of his teammates plan on coming back for next year.

Head coach Larry Krystkowiak was fired March 16 by athletic director Mark Harlan, who subsequently announced an "immediate national search for the next head coach."

The search centered on two current or former Utah Jazz assistants — Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant, now with the New York Knicks — but both have been hesitant to jump back to college basketball due to rising opportunities in the NBA, according to several reports.

Jensen has reportedly removed his name from consideration for the job, and Bryant is reportedly considering the same, leaving the search committee to focus on other candidates — including Utah State coach Craig Smith, who just signed an extension with the Aggies through 2026.

Florida coach Mike White is also reportedly a candidate for the Utes' job.

Prior to Allen's decision, Riley Battin, Lahat Thioune, Jordan Kellier and Brendan Wenzel all announced decisions to transfer.

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