Allen Finds The Big 12 To His Liking

Remember Orlando Allen? The center, at one time, ran with the likes of Bill Walker and O.J. Mayo. Well, after a successful stint of seasoning at Paris Junior College in Texas, he'll get to play against Walker in the Big 12 one day.

Orlando Allen, a native of the Cincinnati area, is headed to the Big 12 to play basketball. The Paris Junior College sophomore committed to Jeff Capel's program this week after officially visiting Minnesota, Nebraska and the Sooners in consecutive weekends.

The 6-foot-10 Allen averaged 2 points a game as a juco frosh but blew up in July. "As far as Paris, they won the Region 14 conference last year," Mike Ryan, Allen's former AAU coach told "They had 2 other guys that ended up going D-I that played more than Orlando. He didn't have much in the way of numbers last year and that's why the Mullen Camp set him apart.

"Everything took off in the Mullen Camp in mid-July in Tulsa. There was 120 guys there and Orlando was one of 6 guys listed as high-major. The phone started ringing after that."

The Sooners had been seeking front court depth and Allen fits the bill. In high school he was a young man laced with potential, length and athleticism. After a two-year stint in the junior college ranks he's getting his chance on the national stage in the Big 12.

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