COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- While scouting DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) this weekend, TT expected to see its usual fill of Markelle Fultz and D.J. Harvey strutting their stuff, and stuffing the stat sheet as well.
And for the most part, they produced as expected. However, what we did not expect was a fresh, new play-maker joining the dynamic duo by the name of Ryan Allen.
This Class of 2017, 6-foot point guard made himself visible by being all over the court in games against Paul VI, Bishop McNamara and St.John's in the final at the first annual event at the Xfinity Center.
Allen seems to fit right in with Fultz and Harvey, making them a treacherous threesome for next season. Allen is left-handed and with super quickness and a tight handle. In the three contests, he did not turn the ball over once. He has great height on his jump shot with a pretty release. Allen's greatest attribute is spreading the floor, penetrating and finding a teammate for an open jumper. If the defense does not collapse, he is not the least bit shy to take the short floater.
Their is no hesitation to Allen's game despite playing with two high school AA's. He creates turnovers with his suffocating defense and quickly turns them into easy buckets. His transition game excels due to his excellent speed. His quick twitch reactions cause havoc in the lane and DeMatha can quickly switch to double teams when the opposing ball handler picks up his dribble in the corner or gets caught in the lane.
On offense Allen needs to continue working on his shot and be more decisive when going up on his jumper. On a couple of occasions, he settled for a bad shot after trying to create something not there. Allen gets ahead of himself at times, which is understandable considering the quality of his teammates.
Against Paul VI, Allen scored 18 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, and had three assists. He was also in double figures against Bishop McNamara and St. John's in the final. Considering the players surrounding him, Allen does the most with his limited touches. But for now, his main role on this squad is to distribute and play strong defense.
His game has improved leaps and bounds since the winter and once he feels more comfortable opening up his offense, his overall game and rankings will likely climb to a much higher level. He will be fun to watch for the next two seasons, and Maryland knows well about him already.
TT Terps Team Camp Eval 2: Ryan Allen
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