With the final bell tolling on the 2016 high school class, very few players remain uncommitted. Jarrett Allen is the highest ranked player left on the board, and is reportedly down to two schools – Kansas and Texas.
What makes this elusive prospect so good? How good of a shot does Kansas have at adding Allen – the #23 ranked player on 247sports – to a frontcourt that already has five players on the roster? We’ll take a look below.
Whenever you talk to another scout about Jarrett Allen, the conversation inevitably starts with his shot blocking ability. He’s a natural shot blocker with great instincts and timing, and also shows a great knack for avoiding fouls when contesting shots. At 6’10”, with a fantastic 9’2.5″ standing reach and 7’5.5″ wingspan – Allen’s tools for defending at the college and NBA levels are elite.
Around the basket, Allen shows a really high comfort level with both hands. While he doesn’t have an arsenal of post moves yet, he is a very fluid in his footwork and has great touch on his hooks. Once he starts to add counter moves to his post game, he’ll be an elite scorer at the college level.
While Allen is a fantastic shot blocker, he does struggle with being pushed around in the post. He is thin in his legs and arms, and will need to add quite a bit of good weight moving forward. That lack of weight tends to make him play a bit soft, as she shies away from almost all contact on the floor.
From an athleticism standpoint, Allen is a good runner but not an overall elite athlete. He doesn’t have the lateral mobility to be a hybrid-forward that can guard smaller guys and play from the outside in on offense, which means he projects as more of a center at the next level and beyond.
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School Prediction: Texas
For a while now we’ve heard that it was unlikely Allen would venture too far from home. My crystal ball pick still sits on Texas, and I don’t anticipate any change to that anytime.