A priority for the Husker coaches during the offseason was to improve the team's 3-point shooting, and the late signing of Thomas Allen can help the Huskers alleviate those concerns this season. Allen was one of the best high school shooters in the country last year in leading Brewster Academy to a 33-0 record and a National Prep title as a senior. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard was the NEPSAC Class AAA Player of the Year in 2017 after averaging 18 points per game, including 48 percent shooting from 3-point range. A consensus top-100 recruit, Allen can play either guard spot and possesses the ability to be a significant contributor in his first season as a Husker.
Allen was one of the nation's top high school shooters and was a consensus top-100 recruit for the class of 2018. A four-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and Rivals, Allen was rated the No. 11 prospect in New England by the New England Recruiting Report.
Allen spent his senior season at Brewster Academy, helping Coach Jason Smith's team win its fifth National Prep title and a perfect 33-0 record. Brewster became the first New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) AAA team to finish unbeaten since Maine Central institute in 1998. Allen was chosen as the NEPSAC Class AAA Player of the Year and first-team NEPSAC, averaging 18 points per game on 55 percent shooting, including 48 percent from 3-point range. He went 115 of 239 from 3-point range, highlighted by a school-record 11 3-pointers as part of a 50-point effort against Bridgton Academy. He scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the national prep school championship game against Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.). Allen also made the all-tournament team at the National Prep School Invitational, an event that featured the 30 top prep schools in the country, plus several international teams, as he scored 21 points against South Kent (Conn.).
Allen spent his first three years at Garner High School, where he led the school to the North Carolina 4A State Championship as a sophomore in 2015. Allen averaged 18 points a game as Garner won its first boys basketball state championship. As a junior, Allen averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as the Trojans won a school-record 29 games and advanced to the North Carolina Eastern Region Championship. For his efforts, Allen was named the Greater Neuse River Conference Player of the Year and was a second-team North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association selection in 2016.
Allen played for the Garner Road AAU program coached by Dwayne West. Allen joins fellow Garner Road products Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland in the Husker program in 2017-18. Allen, who originally signed with North Carolina State, chose Nebraska over Kansas, Georgetown, and Xavier among others.
The son of Clarence and Tonya Simmons, Thomas was born on Oct. 21, 1998, in Raleigh, N.C. He has one brother, Brandon Smith, and three sisters, Deshadia Allen, Tashari Allen and Racquel Simmons. Thomas is a marketing major at Nebraska.