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UND sophomore De'Sean Allen-Eikens announces intent to transfer

Last Friday, in UND's last-second win over Oral Roberts, Allen-Eikens played just nine minutes. He missed two shots, had two turnovers but grabbed four rebounds.

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UND guard De'Sean Allen-Eikens is introduced prior to Saturday's home basketball matchup versus Western Illinois. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

UND sophomore men's basketball player De'Sean Allen-Eikens announced Monday his intent to transfer, days after sitting out the series finale last weekend at Oral Roberts.

Allen-Eikens has only played in five games this season after suffering an ankle injury in practice following the season opener against Miami, a game in which the 6-foot-6 guard scored nine points.

He's struggled to return from that injury but appeared to be on the right path forward Jan. 3 against Kansas City. He played 21 minutes and scored 13 points.

Last Friday, in UND's last-second win over Oral Roberts, Allen-Eikens played just nine minutes. He missed two shots, had two turnovers but grabbed four rebounds.

Allen-Eikens was in street clothes on Saturday. UND coach Paul Sather was asked in a postgame Zoom interview late Saturday night about Allen-Eikens' absence.

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"Yeah, that's a great question," Sather said. "I just think right now, for him, it's finding that confidence out there playing on that (ankle) the way he needs to play and the way he needs to move. It's just trying to come back from that right now, I would say, and having confidence doing it."

Allen-Eikens is 7-for-25 from the field this season and 0-for-10 from the 3-point line.

The Williston, N.D. native appeared in all 33 games last season, making 30 starts. He finished third on the team with 13.8 points per game. He reached double figures scoring in 29 of 33 games, ranking second among freshman in the Summit League for scoring.

Allen-Eikens, who redshirted in the 2018-19 season, became UND's all-time leader for points by a freshman with 454 points.

In high school, Allen-Eikens was a two-time North Dakota Class A all-state first-team pick. As a sophomore, he averaged 21.9 points and 11.9 rebounds at Williston. He played his final two seasons at Aspire Academy in Kentucky.

Allen-Eikens originally committed to former UND coach Brian Jones' coaching staff. After Jones' departure to Illinois State, Allen-Eikens announced he would enter the NCAA transfer portal to explore his options before eventually re-committing to the UND program under Paul Sather, who is now in his second season.

"I want to thank coach Jones and his staff for recruiting me to UND," Allen-Eikens wrote in a note posted to Twitter. "I'd also like to thank coach Sather and his staff for allowing me to stay for the past year and a half. I know God puts us in places for a reason, and I've truly had the best time on this team in Grand Forks and wouldn't trade it for anything. With all this being said I will be reopening my recruitment today and will be entering the transfer portal."

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UND is 3-10 overall this season and 2-2 in Summit League play.

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The Fighting Hawks' De'Sean Allen-Eikens drives the ball down the court in the first half of Saturday's rivalry basketball game against the NDSU Bison at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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