Jacksonville Lands Duo

New Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren has brought his first two players aboard - and one of them has a familar ring to it.

New Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren landed his first two players since getting the job – and one of the names is a familiar one.

Warren will bring in 6-foot-7, 225-pound unsigned senior post player Marcus Allen of state powerhouse Dillard High as well as Friendly High (Md.) senior wing Justin Jack.

Yep, Jack as in Jarrett. Justin Jack is the younger brother of the Georgia Tech point guard who attributes much of his success to Warren – who came over after spending five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech.

Allen is a skilled inside guy who also considered St. Louis and Florida Atlantic.

``It's a chance for me to play close to home," said Allen, who averaged 15 points and 9 boards on a team that features a trio of other D-1 signees. "Coach Warren had a great reputation at Georgia Tech and all four coaches are young guys, so in practice they'll really get after us."

Jack, who averaged 17.5 points, six boards and six assists, is an athletic 6-5, 200-pound wing who gets to the basket and chose Jacksonville despite interest from the likes of Ball State and Butler.

``I like the school because it's hands-on and they are ready to make things happen for you," Jack said. "Also, I think they are going to get back to where they had Artis Gilmore."

Quick history lesson: Gilmore, as a senior, led the Dolphins to a 27-2 record and a berth in the NCAA title game, where they lost to a UCLA squad led by Henry Bibby and Sidney Wicks.

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