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Two Intriguing Commitments For The ACC

We know what Seth Allen can do, but BC's Idrissa Diallo is really intriguing.

Seth Allen hopes to be happier in Blacksburg
Seth Allen hopes to be happier in Blacksburg
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Two significant ACC recruiting stories developed over the weekend: first, Maryland's Seth Allen, who to everyone's surprise, including Mark Turgeon's, decided to transfer, has chosen Virginia Tech.

The only time we can recall an ACC player starting at one school and finishing at another - sort of, anyway - was when Makhtar N'Daiye was signed by Wake Forest, only to be ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Forced to transfer, he transferred to Michigan and then transferred two years later to UNC.

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It's not exactly the same, but it's the closest we can think of.

Well, somewhat after the fact we recalled that Michael Gbinijie started at Duke before leaving for Syracuse. Perhaps his short time at Duke and Syracuse's short time in the ACC helped us to forget.

The only reason Allen was able to transfer to Virginia Tech is that Maryland has, well, transferred (as of July 1st) to the Big Ten.

When he is eligible, his new coach Buzz Williams will have a backcourt of Allen, Justin Bibbs, Ahmed Hill and Jalen Hudson. Hill and Bibbs are well regarded, while Hudson is not as highly regarded.

That may not matter. When N'daiye was recruited, he was generally considered to be the best player Wake signed that year. No one told Tim Duncan.

In a similar vein, we'll see about BC's latest recruit, 6-11 Idrissa Diallo.

Diallo originally committed to Cal but changed his mind after Mike Montgomery retired and was replaced by Cuonzo Martin.

Diallo - 6-9 or 6-11 depending on who you ask - gets raves for his speed and agility.

He's said to be a shotblocker and to have the speed of a guard.

If so, he could be a huge asset for Boston College. Who knows? New coach Jim Christian inherits a reasonable backcourt and forward Eddie Odio has shown some real signs. If the Eagles can learn some defense, BC might be a bit of a surprise.