ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter announced that Detroit guard Corey Allen will transfer to GSU this summer and have two years of eligibility remaining. Allen will redshirt the 2018-19 season before beginning play for the Panthers in 2019-2020.
The 2017 Horizon League Freshman of the Year made 18 starts as a sophomore this past season and finished second on the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game, which was also eighth in the league.
Coming out of high school, Allen was rated among the top 10 players in Michigan and was a Michigan Mr. Basketball Finalist.
“We are very excited to have Corey sign with us,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “From the time we first met and he interacted with the team, we saw an instant fit. Corey is an extremely talented guard who will be able to learn our system quickly. He is able to score and distribute the ball well while being very good from 3-point range.”
This past season he tied for the team lead with 60 3-pointers and ranked tied for seventh in the Horizon League with 2.1 3-pointers made per game. He finished in double figures in 22 of 29 games played with six 20-plus point performances and three games of 30 or more points.
Against Houston Baptist in the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, he posted a game, career-high and Belmont Curb Event Center record with 39 points, shooting 12-of-20 from the field and 7-of-13 from long range to go with a career-tying five assists.
As a freshman, he averaged 14.4 points per game, the most of any freshman in the Horizon League, while being named the league’s freshman of the week three times. He shot 43.9 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range.
He finished third in the league and 78th in the nation with 2.6 3-point field goals made per game and knocked down a trey in 26 of 30 games played, including 14 games with three or more.
Allen earned four varsity letters at Ypsilanti High School, leading the school to a 79-15 record during that time, including a 22-2 mark as a senior. He was a four-time all-conference honoree and was tabbed Class A Honorable Mention All-State by the Associated Press, Fifth Team All-State by the Detroit Free Press and All-Area by the Detroit News as a junior after posting 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game
Georgia State wrapped up the 2017-18 season with a 24-11 mark after winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament and advancing to a second NCAA Tournament in the last four years.