After being somewhat under the radar, Grayson Allen, a class of 2014 combo guard at the Providence School (FL), had a strong performance during the second Live Period, as the Douglas Brothers Elite standout drew a lot of attention with his game.
"I think I played really well in the first period at Myrtle Beach and continued do to well at Peach State," said Allen, who showed what kind of a player he is. "My best assets are definitely my athleticism, my aggressiveness around the rim, and also my pull-up jumper and the height that I get on my jumper to shoot over people." "I still want to work on my ball handling, and my lateral quickness."
After his break-out performance over the last two weeks Allen said he received around 15 new offers in the last week.
"The day after the tournament I received so many calls with offers," said Allen. "This is all a shock to me and I never expected this, it's all very surreal."
"I've got offers from South Florida, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, N.C. State, Purdue, Wake Forest Virginia Tech, Wichita State," said Allen. "I got a lot others too, but those are some of the bigger ones."
He's been receiving plenty of calls recently, but said he's been in touch with a few schools more than the others.
"Yeah, I've been receiving the most attention from USF for awhile, they've been recruiting me for about a year," said Allen. "I've also been receiving attention from FSU for awhile too."
The 6-foot-4, guard now has a slew of offers, but said South Florida was the first high major school on him, which means something to him.
"Yeah the fact that they were on me early on means something to me. They were the first to notice and believe in me, and I have a better relationship with those coaches than anyone else because I've known them for so long."
The standout combo guard said he talks with USF assistant coach Andy Hipsher and that they have developed a relationship.
"I talk to Coach Andy Hipsher the most. I think he's a great guy and I've got to know him pretty well after talking to him for awhile," said Allen. "He said he loves my game and thinks I'd be a great fit at South Florida."
The 2014 prospect has taken two visits to North Florida and South Florida, and talks about his visit to Tampa.
"The facilities at USF were amazing, everything was brand new and state of the art, and the new arena is really nice," said Allen. "I really liked the gym they play in, they have eight baskets and have unlimited 24/7 access, hot tubs for the players, and also places for ice baths, and I liked the player's lounge, everything was just really nice."
"I also got to talk with Coach Stan Heath while I was there," said Allen. "He said how much he likes me and would love for me to play for him," said Allen.
"I watched them last year and they made a real nice run in the NCAA's, I like USF and want to watch them more closely and see their playing style and see how I fit in."
With many schools jumping in Allen said he doesn't have a leader or a short list of favorites, but does still likes one of the programs that got in on him early.
"South Florida still stands out to me and that hasn't really changed," said Allen "I still like them, but with all that's happened, it's hard to pick others out of the bunch for a short list."
Allen talked about what stands out about the Bulls hoops program.
"Definitely the campus and their facilities, I really enjoyed it there," said Allen. "I feel that they are an up and coming program and are really going to be good."
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