Former IU commit Jenna Allen chooses Michigan State

Jenna Allen’s decommitment from Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class was the first domino to fall in the wake of Curt Miller’s abrupt resignation in July. It now appears that IU’s hope of retaining Allen has faded.

Allen, a 6-foot-3 forward from Bedford North Lawrence, gave a verbal pledge to Michigan State this weekend, according to a report from TheHHCSports.com’s Justin Sokeland. After decommitting in early August, Allen and her father, BNL coach Jeff Allen, said that IU would remain an option. According to Sokeland, Michigan State and Butler, the current home of former BNL coaches Kurt Godlevske and Damon Bailey, were in heavy pursuit.

From Sokeland’s report:

“I just fell in love with the girls on the team and the whole campus,” she said. “I just love everything about it. I’m really excited.”

Allen waited to make her decision until after Indiana hired Teri Moren as its new coach. Allen talked with the Hoosiers and was targeted by Butler (with former BNL coaches Kurt Godlevske and Damon Bailey now heading that staff). But playing in the Big Ten was always her ultimate goal.

“As a little girl my dream was also to play in the Big Ten, to be on the Big Ten Network,” Allen said. “It’s something that just came true.”

Allen averaged 14.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while helping BNL to its second consecutive Class 4A state title. Indiana lacks size this season and beyond. Allen stood to be in the mix for immediate playing time upon her arrival in 2015. She would have teamed with Butler transfer Liz Stratman, last season’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and formed a decent frontcourt for the 2015-16 season. Stratman must sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

The Hoosiers do not currently have any commitments for next year’s class. Recruiting for 2015, 2016 and beyond were points of emphasis for Miller and a major reason why Indiana appeared to have an ability to sustain last season’s success in years to come.

12 comments

  1. This is not good. I was hoping that IU would be able to retain Allen’s previous verble commitment. Obviously coah Moren couldn’t convince Allen to come to IU. The question for Moren is, will she be able to recruit at the same level that coach Miller did and right now with the Allen decision it looks as if we may be lacking in this regard? If IU is to continue to raise the quality of this program, recruiting will be the key! The level of recriuting was at a all time high with the last two classes that Miller had put together. We at this time, as the article says have no verble commits for next year. As an avid IU women’s season ticket holder I am very concrned about losing the recruiting momentum we had with coach Miller and his staff. This new staff will have to get things going if we are to continue our recent success.

    1. MikeC,
      Valid concerns indeed, but to be fair IU has only one available scholarship for 2015. It had none before Allen decommitted. Also, 2016 verbal commitment Darby Foresman has said she intends to honor her commitment to Indiana at this time, so there’s that. But 2016 is the real class to watch, although losing Allen means IU has to find someone else to help out on the frontline next year.

  2. I live near East Lansing and there is nothing I hate more than to see a Hoosier end up in EL. With that said, Coach Miller is no longer here for whatever reason so we had best get over it and get behind Coach Moren and the team. Go IU!

    1. That would be 6-3 Bree Boles, who is from Frankton but apparently attending Lapel. Still has Indiana University commit on her Twitter page, but 2018 is still a long ways off.

  3. Lou4IU, it will be easy to get over Miller leaving if Moren can recruit? I have been attending IU women’s games since the late 80’s and Miller finally got really good players to come our way! Moren needs to find some size and soon. Allen would have been huge for us in more ways than just her sheer size. She is the best “Big” in the state! Losing her to another conference school is devestating. It was bad enough for several years seeing the best players in our state go to Tennessee. Over the last couple of years I was thinking we might finally have a chance to get the best player in the state each year but, now not so sure?

  4. Um, MikeC, not sure where you work, but did they at least give you 90 days before evaluating your performance? Not to get personal, I am trying to give an illustration. She’s barely been on the job a month and just now has completed her coaching staff (unofficially)…I’m sorry Allen decided to go somewhere else, but a program is for the longterm….try to relax.

  5. Terri Moren will do well….This was a shuffle that happened before her arrival. Jenna Allen decommitted as soon as there was a coaching resignation. Instead of waiting to decommitt after new coach+staff was in place she decommitted immediately. Jenna and her dad/family went for more established stable situation over abrupt resignation (IU mens program lack of current stability probably did not help (Crean/staff/players vs. Izzo/staff/players). As far as college women’s basketball goes, Allen could have been happy at IU, however she felt a little bit more at risk than at MSU.

  6. IU did not “lose” Coach Miller! Coach Miller did something that torpedoed his career for now. IU has only 1 scholarship available for 2015. IU needs a quality Big. Go get one Coach Moren! Allen would have been the first high quality Big that Miller had recruited for IU. The 2014-15 Lady Hoosiers should be a fantastically fun team to watch and support. GO IU!

  7. What exactly did Curt Miller do? Everyone seems to know, but nobody is willing to say! This is a very, very weird situation.

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