'14 Guard Sees Iowa

2014 Illinois Guard Peyton Allen has plenty of time to make his college decision, but he's already building relationships with college coaches. The Illinois Wolves standout visited Iowa last week and has camped around the Big Ten. Get the latest on his recruitment in this HI update.

It's early in the recruitment of 2012 guard Peyton Allen. The Illinois product is enjoying jumping in early to the process, however.

Allen has visited or camped at several Big Ten schools this month. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard's stop at Iowa on Thursday was proceeded by camps at Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. He planned a stop at Purdue and possible a few other campuses in August.

"The recruiting has picked up every since last October when I went to the Illinois Midnight Madness," Allen said. "It's mostly Big Ten schools."

"There's some pressure (in recruiting) but it's not too bad. I like being recruited and going to all these campuses and meeting all the coaches and seeing all the players."

Allen plays for the Illinois Wolves in AAU and for Glenwood High in Chatham, Ill., which is in the Springfield area. It's about a three-hour drive to Iowa City.

"I was there for two or three hours," Allen said of his Iowa visit. "We went to talk to Coach (Andrew) Francis. We went around the campus and talked to all the coaches. We met the players. We went to the academic center. We went to the arena and looked at everything. It was fun. We got to see all of the campus and talk to all the coaches."

Allen was impressed with the Hawkeyes.

"I liked it," he said. "Most of the schools I'm going to now are doing construction or redoing their arena. That's what Iowa's doing. It looks like it's going to be nice. I'm hoping to get back there in August or maybe for a game during the season."

Iowa expressed the reason for its interest in Allen.

"Coach Francis said that they like to run and gun," he said. "They want to get up and down the floor. They want a guy like me to play in that. They think I can score and do the right things for them.

"I don't like to stop and run a play every time. I like to get a fast shot off the fast-break. That's how I like to play."

A restrictive offense doesn't suit Allen.

"(The Hawkeye coaches) tell me that they'll give me freedom and let me shoot," Allen said. "They'll help me become the player they want and I want to be. They'll let me call my own shots.

"I want to become the best player I can be. That's what I'm looking for and that's what Iowa is offering right now."

Iowa still wants to wait before offering Allen.

"They spoke every highly of me, but we didn't really talk about an offer or anything," he said.

Bradley was the first and remains the only school to offer Allen to this point. He's wished for one particular opportunity for a long time.

"I've always liked Duke. I like Coach K," Allen said. "That's probably my dream school to go to."

Allen also is hearing from Northwestern, Missouri, DePaul, Stanford and Xavier. Even though he's young, he's showing play-making ability that college coaches like to see.

"I would say getting the in lane and creating, whether it's scoring or kicking or setting somebody up," Allen said of the reason he's drawn interest. "I can play the point or the two and set people up for scoring.

"My on-ball defense is probably my weakness. I need to work hard to get better at that."

Allen hasn't come up with a definite date for his college decision but he has a rough idea.

"I'm thinking maybe heading into my junior year or during my junior year," Allen said. "That's how I'm feeling right now. I still need to get offers, though."


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