COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – North Carolina made Jarrett Allen’s cut when he reduced his list of schools and earned an in-home visit with the five-star center last month.
“We thoroughly enjoyed his in-home visit,” said Allen’s father, Leonard, a former player at San Diego State.
Roy Williams first offered the 6-9 Allen a scholarship prior to the July live periods.
“I know it’s a good school,” said Allen when asked about the Tar Heels. “I really talk to Coach (C.B.) McGrath a lot and he said I’d really like Chapel Hill. I also know Coach Roy Williams is an outstanding coach.”
This past weekend, Allen tested his skills at the USA Men’s Developmental Camp. Despite it being his first USA basketball event, Allen adapted quickly.
“In the morning, it was a little slower and I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first USA experience,” said Allen. “I felt like I started to play better once the evening session picked up. It’s definitely different. You have to actually always to try your hardest all the time. In AAU you can take some plays off, but here you definitely can’t.”
Allen turned in one of the top performances at camp by showing a refined low post game with an advanced right handed hook shot from either block and used his 7-4.5 wingspan to corral rebounds and block shots when challenged at the rim by smaller defenders.
“Running the floor and my back to the basket game are my biggest strengths,” said Allen. “I’m trying to expand the shooting range and work on my dribbling.”
Last year Allen averaged 21.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks for St. Stephen’s in Austin (Texas), helping them win the Southwest Preparatory Conference title.
“Last year we won the state,” said Allen. “So my main goal is to repeat.”
While Allen is clear about his upcoming senior year goals, he is less certain about what lies ahead when it comes to recruiting.
“My school is a hard academic school, so my mom just cut off the schools right now so that I can focus on my academics because before that it was getting to be a lot,” said Allen. “I know I’ve been talking with my parents about visits a lot, so it might be soon, but I’m not sure.”
The other seven finalists are Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Texas.
As for what he’s looking for in his college destination, Allen noted “definitely the history of their big development. That’s the most important to me.”
Beyond that, Allen and his family are tight lipped about the next steps in his recruitment.
“All the schools try to get me on campus, but I can’t say if I will,” Allen said.