Allen Discusses Recent Visits

Dakarai Allen talks about how his visits to UCLA and USC went, what he's hearing from coaches in what they want to see from him, and how he did during the Pangos All American Camp...

Dakarai Allen, the 6-5 small forward from Sacramento (Calif.) Shelden, was in town last weekend for the Pangos All-American Camp, and it allowed him to take a couple of unofficial visits, to UCLA and USC.

"I had a great time on my visits," Allen said.

At UCLA, Allen spent a good deal of time with the coaches. "I talked with Coach (Ben) Howland, but spent most of the time talking with (assistant) Coach (Phil) Matthews."

He keeps hearing the same feedback, from UCLA and from others.

"They told me again that they want me to shoot more," Allen said. "That's the big thing they want me doing this summer."

Allen, who previously has said he isn't comfortable hunting shots, was a defensive standout over the weekend of the camp, although it wasn't hard to stand out defensively among the campers. Generally, there wasn't much defense, or passing, or screening going on, so it wasn't exactly Allen's ideal environment to show off his game.

"Yeah, this isn't really where I thrive," Allen said. "But I still try to play defense. Whenever I'm out on the court, I take pride in trying to lock up the best player on the other team."

USC has offered Allen, while UCLA hasn't. Also having offered is Colorado, who Allen previously indicated is recruiting him particularly aggressively, Cal, San Diego State, UNLV and Washington State.

Allen said both of his L.A. campus visits went really well, but he also reiterated that, at this point, he's not sure when he'll be making a decision anytime soon.

"I'm still undecided on that," Allen said. "I have to wait to see which schools offer, and then where I visit, and that sort of thing. So I'm really not sure when I'll decide."


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