The Baylor basketball program has been searching high and low for height in the post this offseason. Looking at the high school ranks, and even the transfer marker, Scott Drew and company found a 7-footer in the most unlikely of places. 7-footer Leonard Allen, a Round Rock, TX native spent the 2015-16 season at San Diego City College.
Allen becomes the second commitment of the 2017 class, joining Top-100 power forward Tristan Clark. The older brother of Texas freshman star Jarrett Allen, Leonard averaged 14.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
The Bears will look to Allen to be a backup to center Jo Acuil, giving them a 7-foot duo in the paint to anchor their defense. Allen is a strong rebounder and rim protector, though is still very raw offensively.
Leonard Allen excelled in his freshman campaign at San Diego City College, but did not play there in 2016-17 or anywhere else. Almost a complete unknown, the Bears jumped on his upside and potential with an offer to be their key big man off the bench.
A standout player for Round Rock High School, Allen averaged 14.7 points per game his senior year. He had offers from Memphis, Illinois State, and San Jose State before sitting out a few years prior to landing at San Diego City College.
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