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Promising College Basketball Player Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

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Teddy Allen, a sophomore on the Wichita State basketball team, was arrested Thursday on several charges, including suspicion of domestic violence.

Allen, 21, also was charged with criminal damage to property and petty theft — all misdemeanors.

He was arrested around 3:30 a.m. local time at his apartment near the WSU campus.

A 23-year-old woman told police that Allen “came to her residence and battered her, damaged her cellphone and took keys belonging to another resident,” KAKE-TV in Wichita reported.

Wichita police told KAKE that Allen and the accuser had been in a relationship.

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He was booked into Sedgwick County Jail and released on $3,500 bond, the report said, citing the Sedgwick Sheriff’s Office.

University officials released a statement on the arrest.

“We are aware of the situation regarding men’s basketball student-athlete Teddy Allen and are gathering additional details in order to gain a broader understanding of the situation,” WSU athletic director Darron Boatright said, according to KWCH-TV. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

Allen, a 6-foot-5 forward, sat out last year after transferring from West Virginia. The Wichita Eagle reported he made the move “to improve the quality of his mental health by being closer to his support system” in Boys Town, Nebraska.

The Athletic’s C.J. Moore wrote about Allen’s struggles in a November 2018 article, saying he went “from abuse to anger to substance abuse to depression to recovery to relapse.”

In his one season with the Mountaineers, 2017-18, Allen averaged seven points per game off the bench.

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He had been expected to make a contribution at Wichita State.

“Teddy is a young man who has shown the ability to score the basketball. He is a physically strong and tough driver and post-up player who also pounds the offensive glass. He has a relentless work ethic, and we feel his experience playing in the Big 12 will be beneficial to us in practice and ultimately in games,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said of Allen on his bio page on the team website.

In high school, he was named Nebraska’s 2016-17 Gatorade High School Player of the Year and made First Team All-Nebraska.

As a senior at Boys Town High School, he averaged 31.6 points per game, the 12th-highest scoring average in the country.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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