Sophomore guard Peyton Allen withdrew from Wichita State for personal reasons, basketball coach Gregg Marshall announced on Wednesday.
“We’re sad to see him go, but after talking things over with Peyton and his parents, we all agreed that the best course of action was for Peyton to put basketball and school on hold while he sorts some things out,” Marshall said in a news release.
In the news release, Marshall said that Allen’s departure is not related to off-the-court conduct, a violation of team rules or his play on the court.
“We think highly of Peyton and wish him well in life and in basketball,” Marshall said in the release.
Allen, from Springfield, Ill., transferred to WSU from Texas A&M in August 2015. He sat out last season.
Allen appeared headed for a reserve role at shooting guard during the 2016-17 season, based on WSU’s exhibition trip to Canada. Redshirt freshman Landry Shamet started during the trip at that position. Allen’s experience, after playing a season at Texas A&M, could have been valuable off the bench. He is regarded as a good shooter and Marshall wanted him to improve his quickness and defensive ability.
WSU also has junior Conner Frankamp, who started at point guard in Canada and played shooting guard last season.
With Allen gone, the development of freshmen guards C. J. Keyser and Austin Reaves takes on added importance. Both are practicing this fall after injuries limited their practice time during the summer. Neither played during the trip to Canada.
Allen’s departure gives WSU one scholarship available. Marshall has said WSU is looking at prospects from the class of 2017 and could sign one during the November signing period.
At Texas A&M, Allen started eight games and played 32, averaging 14.1 minutes, 4.5 points and 0.8 rebounds as a freshman.