Chris Allen says "Yes" to Spartans

Magic Johnson played at MSU a long, long, time ago. But the charisma, smile and National Championship that he brought to MSU has left a immeasurable impression on many kids, including Chris Allen, who just gave a verbal commitment to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.

OKEMOS,MI-Go Spartan.net has learned that Chris Allen, one of the top five guards in class of 2007, has given his verbal commitment to play basketball for MSU.

He joins highly-touted point guard Kalin Lucas to give the Spartans a solid future in the backcourt.

It also appears Magic Johnson and MSU's history had a little something to do with it, as his dad and coach, Stacy Allen, previously told Scout.com. "He's always liked Michigan State," "His Aunt lives there, and he's always had an infatuation with Magic. There's just something as a kid that when you like something, it sticks with you."

Added Chris, "Since I was little, I've been liking them (MSU) for a long time."

There was some concern, as many of the schools recruiting him were making last second pitches for his services. In fact, Coach Izzo flew down and watched Allen play on Tuesday night. But MSU won out, and the press conference was almost scheduled for Wednesday but it was pushed back to Thursday.

Allen, at 6-foot-3 and 190-pounds, is averaging 28.3 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for Meadowcreek high school in Lawrence, Georgia. Until teams starting keying on him as of late, he was averaging well over 30-points and six assists per game this year. In, fact, he earlier had his career high of 39-points with Tom Izzo sitting in the stands. If there was a time to show up and perform, that was it. Allen averaged 26.5 points per game as a sophomore.

Thanks to both Allen's, Meadowcreek is off to it's best start as a team in eighteen years with a current record of 14-5.

While Allen's greatest strength is as a shooter, his father wants people to forget that label as he previously told Scout's Dave Telep, "People just labeled him as a shooter. I've tried to get him away from that. His greatest strength now is his creativity with the ball."

Stacy continued, "Some guys spot up, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're a good basketball player. This guy is a natural scorer."

Before you get the thought that Allen is a finished product, think again. Allen is working hard to get stronger to show people he can take the ball to the basket and finish, and admits he needs to get stronger. Playing AAU ball for the 'Worldwide Renegades' has also helped him to improve.

Allen came on to the scene last summer at the Reebok 'Big-Time' tournament in Las Vegas, where he joined players like Greg Oden, and O.J. Mayo as a First Team All-Star. Allen grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and moved to Georgia when he was six-years old.

Finalists for his services besides MSU were Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, N.C. State, and Virginia Tech.

While Georgia, his other finalist, recruited him early and built a relationship, the Allen's as a team looked at playing time and systems. Certainly the up and down the court style of MSU, especially with Kalin Lucas committing, helped sway Chris in favor of the Spartans.

While MSU's great team of 1979 featured a great point guard in Magic, and a great shooter in Mike 'The Golden Arm' Brkovich, it's too early to tell how a great point guard in Lucas, and a great shooter in Allen will help the Spartans in the future. One thing is for sure, it never hurts too have a little "Magic" in the equation.

Scout.com's Dave Telep contributed to this story.


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