At 6-foot-10 and 250-pounds center prospect Orlando Allen of Woodward High School in Cincinnati will probably be the biggest recruit size wise the Pirates will chase for the class of 2007. The monstrous junior is still a bit of a work in progress but showed off his raw talents while playing alongside 2007 studs O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker during AAU play. Allen also is an AAU mate of current 2007 SHU commit Quincy Owens. Rumor has it that all four players visited Seton Hall in the past 2 months.
With the help of Assistant Coach George Jackson and the eventual graduation of Grant Billmeier, Allen has become a top priority in the class of 2007. Jackson has used his connections in Ohio to get on top of Allen early and right now Seton Hall can be consider one of his leaders.
On the court Allen is a dominating presence inside the paint. He is a space eater who excels at blocking shots with his long wingspan and intimidating players trying to take the ball to the hoop. He also is a vacuum cleaner on the glass. But just like most young big men, Allen's offensive game is still growing. He needs to learn a go-to move and also must work on developing the needed footwork to become the dominant big man that his skills support. Physically Orlando needs to continue to hit the weight room and define his muscle.
Orlando attended ABCD camp in NJ this summer and impressed everyone who watched him play. He certainly has a chance to become a national recruit. Already he has schools such as Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Dayton, Indiana and Penn State recruiting. The early favorites are Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, and Syracuse.
Shakes' take- Seton Hall once struck gold when a group of friends decided that they wanted to be the next kids in the hall but can history repeat itself? Owens was a good start and Allen would be a tremendous pick up. Coach Jackson has already showed that he is bringing something to the staff. Allen is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Class of 2007 Prospect Orlando Allen
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