2014 Sharpshooter: Peyton Allen

It isn't often that you run into a freshman guard with the size and shooting ability of Chatham Glenwood High's Peyton Allen. Simply said, Allen can flat out shoot the ball. In this report we talk with this long-range sniper from downstate.

Peyton Allen had an outstanding freshman year for the Chatham Glenwood Titans. In February, Allen scored 34 points on a blistering hot 15-for-19 shooting from the field in a 71-59 loss at Springfield-Lanphier.

"It was exciting, my first year of high school," said Allen. "I've never played varsity basketball. My first start was new to me. I felt real nervous. It was just a different experience, but fine overall."

This season was a learning experience for Allen and a young Titans team that hopes to get better next season.

"We lost in the first round of regionals and had a losing record, but we had no seniors," said Peyton. "So we've got everybody coming back. Next year we're looking for a better year. Hopefully we can win regionals and make sectionals and keep going after that."

Next up for Peyton is AAU season. Allen plans to run with Mike Mullins' Illinois Wolves 15-U team on the AAU circuit this spring and summer.

"I plan on working hard to earn a scholarship to a Division I school," said Allen.

Colleges took notice of Allen during his debut season at Chatham Glenwood and college recruiting has started to pick up for the 6-4, 180 lb. guard.

Allen is attracting interest from Akron, DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, and UNLV.

Peyton has visited some schools for college games and recently toured DePaul's campus.

While attending games, Allen is taking notice of the style of play.

"I like run and gun," said Allen. "I don't like to slow it down. I like to push it and keep going. I like to get up and down."

Allen will most definitely be one to keep an eye on as the AAU season progresses this spring.

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