Interest Picking Up For Allen

Maplewood (Mo.) High School junior Bryant Allen is having a productive season on the football field this fall, as his Blue Devils are 3-0 and he has scored five touchdowns. But Allen will likely be a point guard in college, and he has seen his interest from colleges pick up recently.

"He had one of the better summers in the program," said Corey Frazier, Allen's high school coach at Maplewood and also a coach in the St. Louis Eagles organization.

Frazier, a former guard at Saint Louis University, said Allen now has scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Missouri State, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Southeast Missouri State, Loyola-Chicago and Murray State.

The 5-foot-11 point guard has attracted interest from Saint Louis, Missouri, Purdue, Kansas State, Iowa State, Iowa, Mississippi, Clemson and Memphis.

Frazier said some of those schools could offer when Allen makes it to campus on unofficial visits, which is tough to do during the football season.

The basketball coach said that playing football has helped Allen get stronger.

"He looks like he's gained a lot of weight, in terms of muscle mass," Frazier said.

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).

Allen, who won the Missouri Class 2 championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a freshman, has also excelled on the football field.

He started at quarterback and defensive back for the Blue Devils his first two years — as a sophomore he passed for 1,102 yards with 15 touchdowns and rushed for 421 yards with eight more touchdowns — and has now shifted to wide receiver on offense in addition to his defensive back duties.

Allen scored on a 42-yard run in Maplewood's 45-0 season-opening win against Kennedy and then caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in a 50-14 victory over rival Brentwood in week two.

In Maplewood's third game, a 39-6 win over St. Pius X, Allen caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns and also returned an interception 39 yards for another score.

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