2014 Chatham Glenwood Guard Has Potential

The Illini have identified a possible guard target for 2014 from the heart of the state. Peyton Allen of Glenwood High School was part of the all-star lineup of recruits for Midnight Madness.

Peyton Allen is a 6'-3" freshman guard from Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois, who has a well developed game at an early age. Allen recently visited Illinois for the team's Midnight Madness.

Allen enjoyed his visit.

"It was great seeing all the fans there just to watch one scrimmage, that's amazing. I would love to play for them."

The freshman guard was able to catch the Illini practice before heading over to Huff Hall for the festivities and was impressed with the atmosphere.

"It was great. All the fans were there, cheering everyone on. It seems like a great atmosphere to be around."

Allen has grown up watching Illinois basketball and would love to be a part of its tradition.

"It's a great program. I have always loved Illinois. I have been a fan since I was born. They have great coaches, great players, great atmosphere, great fans, great everything. They are always good every year, and I wish to be part of that tradition."

During the visit Allen hung out with fellow 2014 Illinois recruiting prospect Larry Austin from Springfield.

"Larry Austin and I have been friends since we were in 6th grade. We have been on the same AAU team. He is from Springfield too. We have got to know each other and are pretty good friends."

When it comes to other schools that have shown early interest in the tall point guard, Allen says a few have been in contact with his high school coach.

"I have heard some stuff from UNLV, Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, North Dakota St, and SIU," Allen states.

He hopes to visit Illinois for some more games in the future and has a trip planned to see the Runnin' Rebels.

"I am going to an Illinois St./UNLV game December 1st. It is going to be at ISU, so that is why I am going. I hope to go to a lot of Illinois games this year too."

Allen says the most important factors in his college choice will be the coaches, players, campus, and how he fits in at that school.

When it comes to a timetable for a decision, the freshman is going to take his time but wants to have it done early enough so he can enjoy his senior year.

"I would say probably junior year. Senior year, I do not want to be getting pressured."

One of the major attributes that will give opponents difficulties guarding Allen is his size at the guard position.

"He is going to be a mismatch for a lot of people as he gets a little bigger," Glenwood head coach Todd Blakeman says. "He's going to be about 6'-5" by the time he is done."

Allen has the ability to do a variety of things on the floor according to his high school coach.

"He can handle. He can shoot the three. He's got really good presence around the rim. He is just learning what varsity basketball is about. He plays all the time in the summer. A lot has been thrown at him in the last week, but he is a competitor and will fit in real well with our group."

Glenwood will open up against Dunlap on November 26 at the LaSalle-Peru Tournament. Blakeman has a young squad that does not have a high level of experience at the varsity level, but it has a lot of basketball experience through summer and AAU basketball. The starting lineup will consist of two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.

What will Allen's role be as a freshman for his ball club?

"He is going to have to score a little bit. We are asking a lot of him right now, helping bring the ball up the floor. We have a couple kids still playing football, so we are putting him at the point guard role. He is probably going to end up as a shooting guard.

"I'm going to use him wherever he feels comfortable. He is going do everything from bringing the ball up, to posting up and shooting the three. He is going to do a lot for us. We have got to figure out where he fits in with this group," Blakeman says of his 9th grader.

Allen has already had success playing on the AAU circuit and next spring he will be taking his talents to the St. Louis Eagles to play with its 15 and under squad. He had nothing but praise for the program that has produced many high major prospects.

"I like their program a lot," Allen says.

From a scouting perspective there is a great deal to like in Allen's game. His size at the point guard position is the first aspect that stands out. He is a legitimate 6'-3" with a good frame that will allow him to continue to add weight.

His passing ability and vision are excellent for such a young player. He also has the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter, with a quick release and effortless stroke. A good comparison might be former Florida Gators star guard Nick Calathes. They have many similar attributes including size at the guard spot and creativity in their games.

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