This is a big spring and summer for Garner (NC) star point guard Thomas Allen. He knows what is at stake.
"It's a chance for me to show what I can do," he said. "It's important because a lot of coaches will be watching me play, but I'm not nervous. I wasn't nervous this weekend... I kind of put it behind me and just played."
Allen, who suits up for Garner Road on the AAU circuit, played in the first leg of the adidas Uprising this weekend, and he produced. In four games, he averaged 20 points per game (6th-best in the event) on 40.2% shooting from the field. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
"It went pretty good," said Allen. "I think we played really hard, but we could have played better. I could have played better."
Early reports suggest his play impressed. Allen added that he picked up an offer from Campbell over the weekend, giving him three total (Longwood and Murray State). He is also already hearing from programs like NC State, USC, Xavier, ECU, VCU, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
The 6-foot-1 point guard is very familiar with NC State. He grew up just minutes from the school and is being recruited by Wolfpack assistant Orlando Early. However, a different assistant evaluated him in Dallas this weekend.
"I saw NC State there," he said. "The new coach, [coach Pierre], he came to two of my games. That was good to see, and then [on Sunday] coach Early told me that he would be calling me on Monday to talk about it."
What does Allen like about NC State?
"T.J. Warren was there, and he played for Garner Road," he said. "They also have Terry now too, so it's good to have guys from Garner Road at NC State.
"Also, they've had some good guards there. Trevor Lacey, Lorenzo Brown, and then Cat Barber was really good. They have another one coming for next year too so it's good to see how they use the guards. They are big on guards."
NC State's staff did reach out to Allen on Monday and asked him about an intriguing option that could be on the table for him.
"We talked about me possibly re-classifying to 2016," said Allen. "I've been talking about it with my parents but I want to stay in 2017. I think that would be best for me.
"The State coaches are going to still recruit me. They told me dad that the staff would be there this weekend in Atlanta."
Allen admitted he hopes NC State will offer a scholarship, but he also believes other programs will join the mix.
"I think this week it's going to pick up," said Allen. "This was just the first week of the period and next week I'm in Atlanta.
"I'm looking for somewhere I can come and be a big fit my freshman year. I want to be able to help out that first year I go."
Allen is currently rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com.