Potent Arizona scorer Timmy Allen in no hurry with recruitment

Arizona State made an early offer to local standout Timmy Allen but he's being deliberate about the recruiting process.

As a sophomore at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona, Timmy Allen became one of the state's most prolific young scorers. 

Allen averaged 21.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Jaguars, and also has been a productive player for high-profile Compton Magic on the adidas circuit. 

Arizona State took note of Allen's impressive play and head coach Bobby Hurley extended an early scholarship offer. Allen is getting an increasingly better feel for the Sun Devils, who already boast one former Compton Magic player who prepped in Arizona, junior guard Kodi Justice. 

"I'm getting to know them," Allen said of the ASU staff. "I like them. I've taken one unofficial and in August I think I'm going to go back. It's a good facility, I like the coaches. I watched a couple games, liked how the games went, the players.

"I haven't talked to coach Hurley that much yet but I've been talking with (Associate Head) coach (Rashon) Burno and he's a good guy. He likes me and wants me to come down there more."


Currently Allen reportedly has six other scholarship offers: Creighton, Grand Canyon, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Portland State and UCLA. 

Still nearly a year and a half away from when he can even sign a National Letter of Intent, Allen is taking the recruiting process slow. 

"I'm just getting all the options I can, collecting all the offers I can and seeing where I'm at later in the process," he said. "I'm also trying to get to know everybody.

"I'm not really looking for an offer from anybody in particular, just see how things go and whoever else offers. I'm open to everybody."

At 6-foot-5 and well put together with long arms, Allen has been able to impose himself physically on opponents in Arizona high school ball. To that, he said he's working on rounding out his game from a skill standpoint. 

"I think I'm playing pretty well lately," he said. "My [3-pointer] has been struggling but I've been working on my mid-range and that's starting to come around. I've been in the gym every day on the gun, ball-handling stuff getting into it, getting up all the shots I can."

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