After two straight state titles, Rosco Allen and Bishop Gorman headed into the Nevada Class 4A State Playoffs with high expectations.
However, dreams of a third state title were crushed when Gorman lost 45-44 to Reno Bishop Manogue in the semifinals. It was a tough way for Allen and his team to finish their season.
"We weren't really expecting it," Allen said. "We came into the game feeling good but we never really got it going. It was a tough way to end the season. No one was really able to get into a rhythm. We just couldn't pull away."
The loss stings for Allen, but he says it gives him motivation heading into the spring and summer, when he'll be trying to improve his game for his senior season.
"We're going to be much more prepared [next year]," Allen said. "We just need to go and win every game. That's our biggest goal. We weren't able to do that this year so we need to prepare for that next year."
Despite the disappointing finish to his season, Allen looks back favorably on how his junior year went.
"I'd say the season went well," he said. "It ended roughly but I feel like we've all progressed during the whole season. I feel like I've improved, so that's good. I had to run a lot more point guard for my team. It really helped me with my ball handling and court vision. I definitely will be hitting the weight room hard. I need to gain weight so I'll be lifting a lot."
Allen maintained throughout the season that he would wait until afterwards to focus on his recruitment. The first step is visits, and he has one coming up.
"I'll be going to the North Carolina vs. Duke game next weekend," Allen said. "After that I'm not exactly sure what I have planned but I'll try to get a few visits in before AAU season. I'd like to get out to a couple schools out here in the west."
Last June, Allen took an unofficial visit to Arizona and he says he would like to make another trip to UA's campus.
"I'll definitely try to make another visit out there," he said. "I'd like to see the atmosphere again out there."
In general, Allen says that the UA staff has been doing a good job recruiting him and that he's been paying attention to the Wildcats' season.
"It's been going well," said Allen. "We've been keeping in contact throughout the season and they've been doing a great job. The team has been doing great. They've had some big wins and they're doing great. It's a good running style; I like their style of play."
Allen has spoke favorably about his relationship with UA head coach Sean Miller and said the two have remained in touch.
"He's been good," Allen said. "We've been able to stay in contact and I've been in contact with the assistants as well."
Even though Allen doesn't have an exact timetable on his recruitment, he's not opposed to ending it before AAU season, although that remains up in the air.
"I could make it if I feel really comfortable," he said. "I know I've been more comfortable with a few more schools than others. It may not progress until after AAU season but we'll see. I'm not exactly sure yet."
With season over, Allen picks up recruitment
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