ND enters mix for 5-star
Jarrett Allen entered the spring live periods with plenty of reputation.
Coaches flocked to the two adidas Gauntlet Series events in Dallas and Indianapolis already well aware of the five-star center. After averaging 21.1 points, nine rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for Texas PRO, his stock only grew.
Scout.com listed Allen, a native of Austin, Texas, as one of the top performers last weekend in Indianapolis after a particularly dominant weekend when he scored 30 points or more twice.
“The strides Allen is making are impressive,” Scout.com basketball analyst Brian Snow wrote. “He is now more athletic than ever and Allen basically dominated every single big he went against for the entire weekend. He has great hands, a good touch, plays hard, rebounds and goes about his business the right way.
“At the rate he is improving, the sky is the limit for Allen. It was an impressive weekend, and the scary thing is Allen’s best basketball is ahead of him.”
Coaches have spent the early part of this week angling into Allen’s recruitment.
Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, SMU, TCU and Texas some offers on the table. Notre Dame joined that mix Monday when head coach Mike Brey put in a phone call. Brey and assistant Anthony Solomon watched Allen in Indianapolis.
“On Monday they called me,” Allen said. “It was the head coach. He talked to me about the scholarship offer. He talked about Notre Dame in general … (He talked about) their play style mainly and that I would fit in.”
Allen has touched base with several other programs so far this week. North Carolina called Wednesday. Baylor has been in touch, as has new Texas head coach Shaka Smart.
Smart himself has just settled into Austin after taking over for Rick Barnes.
“He was just checking in on me,” Allen said. “Just talking about how he’s gonna be connecting with players on and off the court. I really didn’t know about him at all.”
Right now the 6-foot-10, 210-pound prospect lists no favorites and doesn’t have any visits set. Instead, he plans to keep the field wide open as several more suitors work to enter the mix.
“I’m just planning to treat them all the same right now,” Allen said. “I’m not trying to really show any bias to any of them.”
When it comes time to differentiate between contenders there will be some key factors.
“Probably the connection that the coach makes with the players definitely and the community of the school,” Allen said. “Just seeing how the classrooms are set up. I don’t want too big of a campus but not too little. Then at least where they players stay and the facilities.”