Senior Chris Allen, who was dismissed from Michigan State’s basketball team more than two weeks ago, will enroll at Iowa State on Monday.
“It feels like I’m getting a fresh start,” Allen told FOXSports.com on Friday. "I definitely want to be a program-changer. I want to help in any way I can."
Allen will sit out this season as a redshirt transfer and be eligible to play for the Cyclones during the 2011-12 campaign.
The 6-foot-3 guard had been in a tough position with Spartans coach Tom Izzo and the program since last spring and was suspended before the Big Ten tournament for not meeting responsibilities to his teammates.
"It sucks," Allen said. "I ain’t going to lie. I’ve been with these guys for three years. I feel like I’m a family member. It’s just a matter of me growing up. It was a mutual agreement for both of us."
"It’s a bad day for me," Izzo added. "I don’t lose many kids here. It will affect our team some."
Allen started 27 games and averaged 8.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range last season for Michigan State, which reached the Final Four for a second straight year.
At the time of his dismissal, Allen said that he was leaving Michigan State on good terms with his teammates and coaches.
"It’s not all his fault," Izzo said. "Any time things don’t work out, the team and the coaches have to take responsibility. I think it’s going to work out well for him."