Allen Picks Up New Offer

Maplewood (Mo.) High coach Corey Frazier didn't tell his standout junior guard Bryant Allen that Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery was going to be watching the Blue Devils play on Wednesday night.

The point guard went out and scored 27 points on nine-of-13 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and also had eight steals and five assists in a 78-30 victory over Bishop DuBourg.

After the game, Allen received a scholarship offer from Southern Illinois.

Allen knew the Salukis coaching staff was interested in him, but it took a little time to finally garner the elusive scholarship offer from SIU.

"He was saying that they were trying to wait a little bit and watch me more," Allen said. "But he said they like how I play and they really like me."

The feeling is mutual.

"I went to a game when I was a sophomore when they had Jamaal Tatum," Allen said. "They play like we play, up and down. They play the same kind of ball that we play."

The Maplewood point guard also fits the Salukis physical style of tough man-to-man defense and he takes pride in his work on that end of the floor.

Allen, who plays in the summer with the St. Louis Eagles, now has scholarship offers from Saint Louis University, Missouri State and Southern Illinois.

He watched the Billikens play Temple at Scottrade Center on Jan. 20.

"It was a tough game," Allen said. "They played a tough team. They had them at first, but then went to overtime. (Dionte) Christmas from Temple, he was shooting wherever he wanted to shoot from. He couldn't miss."

Christmas scored 20 points as Temple pulled out a 54-53 victory in overtime.

It was the kind of performance the 6-foot guard could appreciate.

Allen is averaging 23.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.95 assists per contest. He has made 56.3 percent of his 3-point attempts (54 of 96) and 83.3 percent of his free throw attempts (60 of 72).

Allen's recruitment is shaping up to be an interesting battle between hometown Saint Louis University and its coach Rick Majerus against Southern Illinois and Lowery.

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