Antoine Allen of Palm Beach State Community College committed to South Alabama earlier this week. Allen began his career at the University of Miami where he played in 17 games as a freshman, averaging 2.9 points and .8 rebounds a game and hitting over 41% of his three-point attempts. After leaving Miami, he committed to playing for UNC-Wilmington, but the talented musician decided to pursue a career in that industry. Reconsidering his decision, Allen enrolled in the Palm Beach State program and now has decided to continue his journey at USA.
"He's very excited," said his coach at PBSCC, Butch Estes. "He's a very athletic, 6'2" guard who can really shoot the basketball and an absolute lockdown defender. He has to get used to our style of play, but he's a very gifted player and an outstanding young man. I'm sure he'll be a wonderful addition to South Alabama."
According to Coach Estes, Allen possesses the ability to bring the ball up the court and distribute it, but his primary strength is as a scorer and it is in that role that he will most often contribute at Palm Beach.
"He's a shooter and he's a scorer and he's a guy that defenses are going to have to respect and he certainly can space the floor for whoever he's playing for," said Estes.
Allen's talent resulted in offers from Marchall, Towson State and High Point in addition to USA. A question that South Alabama fans may have after his departure for music is his commitment to play basketball. Coach Estes doesn't foresee that being a cause for worry.
"He will have a future in that industry (music)," he said. "But I also think now that he really missed the game. He's so passionate and excited about being back in it. I think sometimes time away from something, no matter where you are in life, makes you appreciate the things you've had and the things you've lost. I think he's regained his love of the game and I think also he realizes that with an education instead of making sings he might own a record company someday. I would be shocked if he didn't see this thing through all the way to graduation and then perhaps look at playing some pro ball, if the opportunity presented itself."
South Alabama currently has one more scholarship to give. JagsJungle.com will keep you posted if another player joins the fall class or if it will be used this spring.
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