One of the best long range shooters in the country is three-star guard Thomas Allen. Allen, who is a threat to score anytime he is across half court, had a very good showing at the adidas Gauntlet Finale with a lot of coaches looking on.
“It has been an okay start to July,” he said of the start to July. “We didn’t have the best showing here, but we are looking to get back going.”
When it comes to his recruitment, Allen said, “I have noticed NC State, Ohio State, Xavier, East Carolina, Texas A&M, Kansas, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and some other schools.”
He continued, “I am going to St. Louis on August 2, and then I will take an official visit to Texas A&M in September.”
About the Billikens, Allen said, “St. Louis, I have known the coach since eighth grade. He was at Rutgers recruiting one of my teammates and we have stayed close ever since.”
When it comes to Texas A&M, he explained, “I like that they won the SEC last year so that is a big thing, and the fact that they play in a great conference is really nice.”
NC State is a local school for Allen, and the Wolfpack have been making it clear that they want him to be a part of their program.
“It has been good to have them recruiting me,” said Allen of NC State. “They have been trying to get me to commit and stuff like that, so it has been good with them.”
Xavier has a connection through the David West Garner Road Bulldogs AAU team he plays for, and the Musketeers are looking to be a serious contender in his recruitment.
“David West went to Xavier and he sponsors our AAU team,” noted Allen. “They tell me that they want me to be a scorer and someone who plays on and off the ball, so I like that.”
Likewise Thad Matta at Ohio State coached West in college, and the Buckeyes have made it clear they are very interested.
“They were just saying they were going to watch me all July,” said Allen of Ohio State. “I saw them (Saturday), and they have been to a few games. I like their program, they do a good job with guards.”
For now Allen’s plan is to play out July, and then he will make a decision after taking his visits during the fall.