Dover basketball product Jordan Allen transferring to Lynn University

DOVER — Jordan Allen already had to sit out one season when he began his college basketball career.

The former Dover High standout wasn’t interested in sitting out another one.

That was one big reason that Allen has decided that he’s transferring to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Since Lynn is an NCAA Division II program, Allen will be able to play right away and still have two seasons of eligibility.

After spending the last three years at Rider, the 6-foot-3 guard would have had to sit out one season if he went to another Division I program. There would also be no guarantee that he’d be able to get more than one season of eligibility.

“It was still important for me to (try to) go Division I,” said Allen. “But I wanted to play. I didn’t want to sit out a year and lose a year.”

The biggest thing for Dover coach Stephen Wilson is that all of Allen’s credits transferred, keeping him on track to graduate on time.

“This is his decision and I think it’s good for him,” said Wilson. “He sounds happy, he sounds relieved.”

Lynn is coming off a 25-7 season in which it reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Knights’ schedule included games against Division I Florida Atlantic and Maryland.

Playing for a winning program was important for Allen.

“It’s a great program,” he said. “There’s just a winning tradition there. One of the things I want to do in my college career is win and try to get a championship at some point. I have two years left to do it so that’s a big part of my goals.

“Going there, it felt like another home,” Allen added. “And the coaching staff was very interested in me getting better as a player — on and off the court. Hanging out with the team when I was down there, it just felt normal being around them.”

After redshirting as a true freshman at Rider, Allen had his share of ups and downs with the Broncos.

Two seasons ago, Allen started in all 32 games for Rider, averaging 13.4 points per game. He earned both third-team all-conference and all-rookie honors from the MAAC.

But Allen started only 11 games and averaged only 10.1 ppg this past winter. He did score 24 points against both Wagner and Washington State. He announced in April that he was transferring from Rider.

In his career with the Broncos, Allen made 165-of-459 three-pointers, leaving him 10th on the school’s all-time list for three-point field goals made.

The former first-team All-Stater has been working out and still feels like he’s got some good seasons ahead of him.

“It’s very exciting,” said Allen. “I’m just ready to get down there and get to work with the team — get the chemistry together and everything like that.”

After going to school in New Jersey for three years, moving to Florida for the next couple seasons is a big step for Allen. He has a two-year-old daughter who lives in Dover.

“Honestly, it’s going to be hard being away from my daughter,” said Allen. “(At Rider) I could come home any time I needed. But, this time, it’s a little different.”

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