Local PG Allen Visits Saint Louis

Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus and his assistants had been trying to get Maplewood (Mo.) High junior point guard Bryant Allen back on campus for an unofficial visit for a couple months after he participated in the Nike Hoop Jamboree back in June.

Allen made that unofficial visit on Saturday afternoon and walked away with a scholarship offer from coach Rick Majerus and the Billikens.

"I got the chance to watch them practice," Allen said. "It was a very hard practice. Coach Majerus is a good coach and he never stops teaching them. … I like how he runs his practice. It's hard, and when he's sees a player who is messing up, he stops the practice and tells that player how to do the drill the right way."

Majerus was one of the first coaches to call the 5-foot-11 guard back in June, when the window for coaches to call high school juniors opened up. But Allen admitted that he didn't know much about Majerus and the coach's history.

"He called me and he was telling me he enjoyed watching me and how I played great defense and could still put the ball in the hole," Allen said. "I met him today and I really didn't know who he was."

Allen, who said his only other scholarship offer is from Missouri State, knows who Majerus is now.

"He came up when I was watching and he talked to me," Allen said. "I had never really heard of him. He asked if I knew who he was. I told him I didn't and he was looking at me like he was shocked."

Majerus definitely made a good impression on Allen.

"There was one thing he left me with in my mind," Allen said. "He said I've got the NBA package. He said if you want to go here, I can get you to the NBA. If you go somewhere else you can be a good player."

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).

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