Cowboys Add 7-1 Anthony Allen

Junior college standout Anthony Allen, a 7-1, 245-pound sophomore from Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Texas), signed to play at Oklahoma State on Thursday. Allen will have two years of eligibility to play for the Cowboys.

Allen made an official visit to OSU last weekend, and decided to sign with the Cowboys after narrowing his choices to OSU and Memphis.

Allen averaged 11 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.2 blockers per game as a sophomore in helping LSC-Port Arthur to a 25-7 record, the best in school history.

"We are excited about Anthony joining our basketball family," Cowboys head coach Travis Ford said. "He is one of the premier shot blockers in the country, and he'll bring us great depth inside. (He's) someone who can change the game defensively.

"At his size, he can really run the floor and play our style of basketball. His best days are ahead of him, and he will continue to improve once he gets here. We look forward to him adding depth inside, as well as bringing great shot blocking and rebounding to our basketball team."

In his two-year career with the Seahawks, Allen recorded 17 double-doubles, recording double figures in both points and rebounds in the same game. Six of those were triple-doubles, adding double-figure blocks into the equation.

Allen had 10 games in his juco career with 10 or more blocked shots, including a career-high 14 at Blinn College in 2014. He scored a career-high 24 points against Houston Community College as a sophomore, going 10 of 11 from the floor. His career high in rebounds was 16 at Coastal Bend College this past season.

"Anthony is definitely a game changer at the defensive end," said Lance Madison, head coach at LSC-Port Arthur. "He led the country in blocked shots two years in a row. He's a good athlete, and runs the court extremely well. He's gained a lot of confidence in his offense, and there is a lot of upside to it (his offense). He's the most improved player in junior college the last two years."

As a freshman in 2012-13, Allen averaged 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per contest while shooting 60.1 percent from the floor. He led the NJCAA with 155 blocked shots during the season. He transferred to LSC-Port Arthur after sitting out the 2011-12 season as a redshirt at the College of Southern Idaho.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Allen led Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Conn., to a pair of state championships.


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