DeMatha's Allen Makes Pledge

Chalk up another DeMatha product for the ACC. On Monday, small forward Jeffrey Allen made his choice and is headed south.

First there was Nigel Munson and now Jeffrey Allen. The 6-foot-7 small forward and teammate of Munson at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Munson committed earlier this spring.

As a junior, Allen cracked his knee cap and missed 9 games. Prior to the injury, he had been averaging 13 points and 13 boards, his second season of averaging a double-double. Recently, Allen received more bad news: he's got a broken hand.

"He'll be in a cast for the next six weeks," DeMatha coach Mike Jones said. "He was supposed to be going to Nike but not now." By the way, DeMatha doesn't need anymore injuries as Jones was recently diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back; these guys could use a break!

Meanwhile, the Hokies staved off a host of schools who had shown interest heading into the summer. Programs like Syracuse, UConn, Georgia, Miami and Michigan had made inquiries.

"I think he'll probably play small forward," Jones said of Allen. "I believe that he's as good of a talent in terms of the small forward position in the ACC that there is. He can do a little bit of everything and he's got a motor that doesn't stop. He's in great shape and always is."

Jones said that Tech has a strong history with his school, not to mention the presence of Munson. "Nigel Munson is going there and that's a guy that Jeff Allen grew up with. It's close enough to home to be close but far enough to get away. I think it's a great fit for him. A lot of DeMatha student-athletes have gone down there and done very well and Jeff continues that tradition."

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