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Boys Town forward Teddy Allen commits to West Virginia

​​This article is written by Stu Pospisil, World-Herald staff writer. It was posted October 18, 2016 on omah​​

Teddy Allen went to West Virginia this past weekend looking for a natural fit and says he found it with coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers.

"It was hard to find something I didn't like,'' the Boys Town senior said Monday. "The school, the guys, the coach. The guys would do anything for Coach.

"It was a situation where there was love all around and it was like a real family, which is when I play my best."

Allen, who came to Boys Town from the Phoenix area, chose the offer from last season's Big 12 tournament runner-up (26-9 overall) over those from the rest of his final five — UNO, DePaul, Cincinnati and Iowa State.

The 6-foot-5 wing took official visits only to DePaul and West Virginia.

"It's obviously going to be a challenge. It's one of the best programs, but it's a challenge I'm ready for and to embrace,'' Allen said. "As a player, I always want to be challenged, and West Virginia is second to not very many. It's a great opportunity and one I couldn't pass up."

Allen enrolled a year ago at Boys Town and became eligible for the second semester, immediately becoming one of the state's top prospects. He made the All-Nebraska second team and Class C-1 first team after averaging 26.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.

He became a highly sought prospect during the summer AAU season.

Could he have envisioned a year ago being in the fold of a power team in a power conference?

"Man, I thought I'd be somewhere but not playing for a future Hall of Famer,'' Allen said. "I believed I knew where I was headed. I didn't know the pathway, but I'm happier than ever it's West Virginia."

Allen said while he wanted to see certain things during a college visit, "I was hoping that it was more natural, that things would stand out in my heart and my mother's heart."

He said he worked out with the Mountaineers in a couple conditioning sessions, went to the movies and went to Huggins' house.

"I felt I knew these guys for years," Allen said.

Younger brother Timmy, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, also is a highly touted prospect in the junior class. His offers include Arizona State, USC, San Diego State, UCLA, Tulane, Fresno State, New Mexico State, Nebraska, Creighton and DePaul.

West Virginia isn't on that list. Yet.

"I'm going to try hard to make it happen,'' Teddy said. "He's good enough, and it would be cool to play with him one day."

Allen said he decided to pledge once he knew the Mountaineers were for him.

"The schools recruiting are people, too. It was a consideration thing,'' he said. "I wanted to end this as soon as possible and be respectful of the other schools. DePaul and UNO were great to me."​