Coaches Take: Seth Allen

TSR spoke with the coach of recent Terps commit Seth Allen to find out what type of player Allen is.

After joining forces to lead their Fredericksburg Christian Eagles to a banner, one-loss season this past winter, Coach Darren Berkley and star junior guard Seth Allen have formed a pretty close relationship. When asked to describe Allen's game, Berkley stated without hesitation, “Seth has a charisma that people want to be around and that people want to play with. Seth's teams win.”

Berkley, along with Allen's AAU coach, has served as a mentor to the young Allen throughout the entire recruiting process. “His AAU coach and I talk so that we're both on the same page with Seth because we want to be a steady source for him and not give him conflicting opinions,” said Berkley. “We all have a very close relationship.”

Berkley was not at all surprised by Seth's decision to attend Maryland, as he recalled multiple times that Turgeon was the coach that worked the hardest to get Seth. “Coach Turgeon was at our gym in the winter after Spinelli came. My first impression of him was that he's a very classy guy. He's very down to earth and I think he has the potential to do great things with the program,” said Berkley. “I remember watching Turgeon play as a kid. He's developed into a great communicator and a top-notch recruiter.”

Seth Allen has a body and a game built for the ACC. At 6-foot-2 and roughly 195 pounds, he is lanky and lightning-quick. “I think the ACC will really fit his strengths,” said Berkley. “The other schools that were recruiting him weren't very conducive to his style of play. He runs about a 4.5 [40 yard] but he has also developed a solid Euro step that he uses in transition. His combination of speed and power will be a very appropriate fit for Maryland's style of play.”

Berkley described Allen's game as concise as one could. “He's an explosive, strong lefty who has a nice change of pace and great body control. He really elevates on his shot and is a great finisher.” After talking to both Berkley and Allen, they agreed the spot he [Allen] needs to work on is his under-developed mid-range game. “He's usually shooting threes, and when he drives he gets to the rim so he hasn't had to use his mid-range game very much,” said Berkley.

Off the court, Berkley couldn't say enough about the character of his star guard. “Seth has a huge heart. He never looks down on any of the players that aren't as talented as him and he also looks to get others involved,” remarked Berkley. “He could easily average 30 points a game but he doesn't. He will go out of his way to talk to the younger kids and he's just got a personality you want to be around. Like any 16 year old he has areas of discipline to grow in but overall he's a great, genuine kid.”

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