2009 St. Louis PG Getting Calls

Anyone who follows high school basketball in the St. Louis area has likely heard about the play of Maplewood guard Bryant Allen over the last two years. But Allen was able to open up some more eyes last week at the Nike Hoop Jamboree at Saint Louis University.

"I got to see him and I got to coach against him for the first time," said Corey Frazier, Allen's coach at Maplewood who also coached at the Jamboree. "That was not fun. His overall effort, he actually surprised me at the Jamboree. I thought he would struggle a little bit playing against the national guys, but he held his own. A lot of the Nike people were talking about him."

A 5-foot-11, 151-pound point guard in the Class of 2009, Allen already has a couple schools on his radar before going into the crucial July tournament circuit where college coaches can watch his every step.

Allen said Wednesday he'd already received calls in recent days from Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus, Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery and Missouri State coach Barry Hinson.

The lightning quick left-handed scoring guard, who also plays football and runs track at Maplewood, should receive scholarship offers soon.

"SIU is going to offer me," Allen said. "Clemson is going to offer me. Missouri State is going to offer me. There are probably more schools, but I don't know yet."

"They're saying they heard I'm a very good player," he continued. "They like how I get the ball out and push it and play good defense. And they're looking forward to seeing me play the rest of the summer."

The Billikens could pursue Allen as their point guard for the Class of 2009, after bringing in Milwaukee area point guard Kwamain Mitchell in the Class of 2008.

Frazier, who said getting a commitment from Mitchell was a great pick-up for SLU, thinks those two would work well together for the Billikens.

"The way Mitchell plays, they'll actually go hand-in-hand with each other," Frazier said. "Mitchell is a strong guard. He can pass the basketball, but he can score. We played against him three times already this summer so we've seen him at his best."

Allen also has some connections to SLU. Current Billikens point guard Dwayne Polk is Allen's "god-brother" and two of Allen's high school coaches, Frazier and his assistant coach John Redden, both played at SLU.

Allen got a phone call from Majerus last Friday.

"He just said that he heard a lot of good things about me," Allen said. "Tyler Griffey has been coming in and playing with them (in open gyms) and they like him. He's more than welcome to come in and play. (Majerus) heard I did good at the Jamboree. He's going to come and watch me in July."

The Maplewood guard has impressed in his first two high school seasons. Playing mostly shooting guard, Allen has averaged 20.6 points per game in two seasons and has already surpassed the 1,000-point plateau.

As a freshman, Allen averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4 assists per game and made 39. 6 percent of his 3-point attempts (61 of 154) and 69.8 percent of his free throw attempts (67 of 96).

As a sophomore, Allen averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 3.7 assists and made 42.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (60 of 140) and 80.7 percent of his free throw attempts (71 of 88).

Frazier said Allen will play point guard in his final two high school seasons to prepare him for playing that position in college.

"As he's developing, I can see him being a scoring point guard, like Allen Iverson," Frazier said. "He's not going to be that selfish. He's going to be able to pass the ball."

Allen has also been successful in his other athletic endeavors.

He's a two-year starter at quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Devils — as a sophomore he passed for 1,102 yards with 15 touchdowns and rushed for 421 yards with eight more touchdowns — and won the Missouri Class 2 championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a freshman.

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