Orlando Allen Big East-Bound

Orlando Allen has plenty of size, but the Cincinnati big man is lacking experience. He's only played one year of organized ball - but that was enough to get him a scholarship in the Big East.

Orlando Allen has only played one year of organized basketball, but Seton Hall saw enough in the Ohio native to offer him a scholarship – and the 6-foot-11, 250-pound Cincinnati Woodward (Ohio) senior accepted on Thursday night.

Allen played catch-up last season, his first under Woodward coach Lannis Timmons, and has made major strides in a year's time.

Allen is a big, strong inside presence who made progress in the summer playing with the D-One Greyhounds.

``Having (assistant coach) George Jackson and Louis Orr around Orlando will really help," Woodward coach Lannis Timmons said. "I think it's a great fit for him and what he needs."

Timmons admitted that he had his share of issues with Allen last season, and that's one of the main reasons why he was an advocate of him going to Seton Hall as a member of the Class of 2007.

``I had to suspend him at the start of the year, but then he got on the right avenue," Timmons said. "He went through a learning stage, but you can really see his potential."

``He's raw, but he's got a nice post-up game and can flash to the ball," added Timmons. "He finishes around the basket extremely well."

Timmons and Jackson coaches together at camps and also against one another in college and that helped with Allen.

``I felt like George being around the kid would get the best out of him," Timmons added. "It's a real good fit. George would be a father figure – and that's exactly what Orlando needs." Allen also received interest from South Carolina, Arkansas and Syracuse.

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