Allen's Town: Philly

Just over two months after Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, another Owl player found himself being selected by the local pro team. The Philadelphia 76ers took Lavoy Allen with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Just over two months after Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, another Owl player found himself being selected by the local pro team.

The Philadelphia 76ers took Lavoy Allen with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

"I am excited to be selected and it is even more special that it is by the 76ers, where my family and friends are able to support me," said Allen in a statement. "I can't wait to get started with my professional career."

The Big 5 Most Outstanding Player as a senior, Allen scored 11.6 points per game and pulled down 8.6 rebounds per game, while blocking 61 shots. The 6-foot-9 forward finished his career as Temple's all-time leading rebounder with 1,147 and also scored 1,421 points.

"I am very happy for him," said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy in a statement. "He accomplished so much as a college basketball player. It is a great reward to be drafted and to go to the Sixers is icing on the cake."

Allen declared for the draft a year ago but withdrew his name at the last minute after he felt he didn't perform well in a workout at Portland. He returned for his senior season and led the Owls to their first NCAA win in a decade.

Last summer, Allen trained against NBA stars in Las Vegas and New York as a member of the USA Select team that helped prepare the National Team for the World Championships.

When he came back to Temple, Allen wanted to show NBA talent evaluators an improved offensive game, but it wasn't until the Owls suffered injuries to center Michael Eric and forward Scootie Randall that Allen asserted himself.

In a 78-61 loss to then-No.1 Duke in February, Allen was 7-of-15 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The performance seemed to spark Allen down the stretch and he finished the season with double-doubles in the eight of the last nine games.

Allen worked out twice for the 76ers and assistant general manager Tony DiLeo, father of Owls guard T.J. Dileo, was a frequent observer at Temple games.

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