Transgender player scoreless for George Washington
Kye Allums’ first game since publicly coming out as a
transgender male turned out to be just another game.
The George Washington junior was scoreless in the Colonials’
75-51 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday in the Best Buy
Classic. He played nine minutes and had one assist and one turnover
without attempting a shot.
Allums, who played for Centennial High School in a northern Twin
Cities suburb, is believed to be the first transgender male to play
Division I college basketball.
A few local reporters and an ESPN camera crew covered the game,
but Allums was not available to speak afterward. A George
Washington athletic department official said that it was a
department decision to not make Allums available until after the
tournament’s conclusion on Sunday.
It will be up to Allums whether he speaks to reporters on
Colonials coach Mike Bozeman did answer game-related questions.
When asked for his thoughts on Allums’ game, Bozeman thought the
junior was a little excited to be playing in his hometown.
”Kye played pretty well,” Bozeman said. ”(Allums) had that
adrenaline pumping a little bit into overdrive.”
According to the NCAA, a transgender female-to-male athlete is
eligible to play women’s sports as long as there have been no
hormone treatments or sex-reassignment surgery. Allums plans to
postpone treatments to remain eligible.
Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Matt Bollant said Allums’ announcement
was a non-issue.
”We didn’t say anything about it all week. We chose to focus on
George Washington both as a team and individually,” he said. ”We
came here to win basketball games and we need to make sure we stay
focused if we want to do that.”
A small contingent of fans from Centennial High School attended
the game to watch Allums and fellow Centennial alum Megan Nipe.
Jill Becken, Allums’ coach at Centennial, sent Allums a text
message on Friday wishing him luck both on and off the court.
”I want what’s best for Kye,” Becken said. ”The main thing
is, if there are other people that might be going through the same
thing, maybe they can relate to Kye. It will let them know that
they are not alone.”