Five-star big man Jarrett Allen talks Indiana

  • 10/05/2015 12:43 pm in

Class of 2016 five-star St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Texas forward Jarrett Allen is one of top uncommitted players left on the board nationally.

The 6-foot-10 forward recently announced his list of eight finalists, which includes Indiana. The Hoosiers are joined by Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas as schools still in the mix for Allen.

“I talk to them a lot. I have a really good relationship with coach (Tom) Crean,” Allen told Inside the Hall on Sunday. “I feel good about our relationship. They really just try to get to know me and see how I am in certain situations.”

Allen is rated the No. 21 prospect nationally in the 247Composite.

He averaged 20.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Texas PRO on the adidas Gauntlet circuit this past AAU season and this past weekend he competed in a mini-camp for the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Definitely the experience of playing with the best is big,” Allen said of the experience with USA Basketball. “I have a lot to improve on. I need to get stronger and faster because everybody you play against has special ability.”

Specifically, Allen said he’s focused on extending his range and also working on his ball handling prior to the start of his senior season. He said two of the primary strengths of his game right now are his back to the basket game and ability to run the floor.

Recruiting, however, is an area in which Allen appears to be taking his time.

He cited the relationship with Crean as the primary reason he included IU on his list of finalists, but sounds comfortable in letting the process play out.

“I don’t really focus on it too much,” he said. “I’ve kind of just put it to the side and try to enjoy school and being a kid.”

The next step in the process for Allen will be determining the schools he wants to visit and get a closer look at and he noted that those discussions within his family are ongoing.

“Me and my family are talking about visits,” Allen said. “But we haven’t decided yet which will be the final schools we’re going to visit.”

One of the things that Allen says stands out from his interactions with Crean is his eagerness to get to know him not just as a basketball player, but as a person.

“He gets to know his players,” he said. “When I talk to him, I feel like he’s actually taking the time to get to know me.”

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  • inLinE6

    Long shot, but still good to be considered.

  • Bill Graham

    Call me picky or just plain ignorant…but this kid just doesn’t impress me. Maybe I’m still spoiled from watching guys like Kaminsky, Vonleh, and Zeller play but still he is a strict back to the basket 5 (which is fine)…but he doesn’t have the frame for it (he’s only 215 lbs at 6-10) put him down low against a cat like Okafor or Towns or Karnowski or Kaminsky and he’s out muscled and on the bench in foul trouble. He needs to diversify his game (which it sounds like he’s trying to do) or he needs to add some weight.

  • Arch Puddington

    You may be just a bit picky….:)

    Kaminsky didn’t see the floor his freshman year he was so limited. He developed over time into a brilliant player. No one can know if this kid will do the same, but even if he is “just” a back-to-the-basket center, he could be of tremendous value to the Hoosiers. A guy who can defend the low post, rebound, set screens, and play good physical ball has a role to play on a team that will almost always have plenty of guards and wings.

  • The kid is 17. Frank Kaminsky was listed at 6-10, 220 in his recruiting profile.

    People fill out.

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, I was going to say what Arch said, but he said it so well I’ll just say … ditto! LOL

  • BC Hoosier

    Just watched some clips of Allen finishing around the rim with Maker on his back…good enough for me. He’s 17, he’ll put on weight and get stronger.

  • Hardwood83

    IU has one player 6’10” or taller this season and (so far) next. There is a chance that one guy may declare early so I’d like to see a couple of bigs signed from among Allen, Davis & Maker, I’m not that picky which two.

  • twarrior87

    I’m definitely not complaining about getting this kid if he signs.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah! What Arch said!
    I’d also add that Vonleh added about 25 or 30 pounds from the time he got to Bloomington up to the beginning of the season. This guy is a whole different animal at 230 or 240.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d say get ’em both and they only have to deal with one another in practice until they go pro.
    Besides, if you get a guy like this and Maker that frees Maker to play away from the basket.
    I know I’m dreaming, but it’s such a nice dream.

  • Bill Graham

    Well said Arch. I’ve just been spoiled (except for the Perea year ugh…). I’d still be happy to have him. He has major upside and I’d love to see him sit a year behind TB and develop. It’d be nice to have an old school post too. I guess I just like the idea of signing someone who isn’t a development guy (he’s not quite a project…but he’s not fully developed either)