With many college programs scouring the country this spring for top-rated prospects to help fill their rosters for immedaite help next fall, one of the top juco prospects in the West is now back on the recruiting board, after deciding to open up his college recruitment. Arizona Western Junior College 6-foot-9, 210-pound athletic sophomore forward Andre Allen made an early decision to sign with the University of Buffalo. After the departure of former Head Coach Nate Oats for the University of Alabama, Allen decided to review new options for his future.
Allen was one of the top sophomore JUCO prospects in the West this season, and one of the elite prospects in the ACCAC conference. Allen had a strong sophomore season, helping lead Arizona Western JC to a conference title in the ACCAC. On a very talented team of college prospects, Allen averaged modest numbers this junior college season - averaging 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the field. He could have put up much better numbers, but on a loaded team he was not asked to by Head Coach Charles Harrell.
Allen previously chose Buffalo over offers from Iona and Montana State, but currently he is receiving phone calls from a large number of college programs at all levels, as he is an immediate impact 4-man for the division-I level.
Allen is a long, lengthy and athletic stretch 4-man prospect that plays athletic and is a strong finisher at the rim. He runs the floor hard and is a good slasher and finisher in the open floor. He can score inside and out, and has a solid shooting stroke with range, which keeps defenses honest. His promise as a college prospect is glaring and he is a nice addition to any college program looking to add versatility to their frontcourt.
Allen seems to be very wide open currently in his college recruitment, with no clear leaders at this point in the recruiting process. He is the best available prospect this spring from the ACCAC Conference.
I will continue to follow his college recruitment very closely, and bring you any recruiting updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Allen is a long, lengthy, and athletic versatile forward prospect with a good approach to the game, which allows him to get a lot done on both ends of the floor. He is a no-nonsense prospect that makes basketball plays and looks to play with a purpose. He runs the floor hard and is a good finisher in transition, and also makes plays for himself and others in the halfcourt set. He is an excellent finisher around the paint and gets to the free-throw line often as a result of his activity around the basket. Attacks the rim with vigor. He is a capable shooter of the basketball out to three-point distance, and also can score from mid-range and in the post very well - displaying excellent versatility overall as a player. He is an active rebounder that rebounds outside of his area. He is a very good shotblocker with very good timing. A capable ball handler. A very good passer that finds the open man on the floor. A solid overall prospect that is consistent in his overall play. A very good sleeper juco prospect.