Texas five-star target Jarrett Allen (Austin/ St. Stephen’s) recently attended the Texas men’s basketball Orange and White scrimmage inside a packed Gregory Gym on Oct. 21.
As basketball season approaches, the 6-foot-10, 210-pound center is keeping his options open. Allen already has offers from Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Notre Dame and UNC to name a few.
“I’m feeling good about UT,” the recruit said. “I have ranked my schools in any particular order yet. I want to get my visit done and know more information about all the schools before I make a decision.”
Allen has yet to go on his official visit to Texas. He plans on going to some of the Horns’ games this season, but he does not know which ones yet. As far as what he is looking for in a school, it is all about the big men.
“I’m looking for a good community within the school and how the basketball team develops big men,” Allen said.
With a new head coach in Shaka Smart, there are a lot of unknowns entering basketball season. One thing is known: Smart has done a good job reaching out to recruits. Allen says he and Smart have been talking pretty often and plan to meet face to face soon.
“I think he is a really good guy and coach as well,” Allen says of Smart. “He knows what he is doing as the new head coach of Texas.”
Along with Smart, Allen has talked to junior Isaiah Taylor some as the two have known each other for a while. Allen is also good friends with four-star commit Jacob Young. The two were at the scrimmage together.
Allen is rated as the No. 16 player overall and No. 3 center in the country.
St. Stephen’s kicks off their men’s basketball season on November 13th against Hyde Park High School.
Allen's Scout Evaluation
Jarrett Allen has very good size at 6-foot-10 and is equipped with wide shoulders and lengthy arms. Allen is mobile, has good hands and nice, soft touch around the basketball. He protects the rim and able to get his hands on shots because of his length, timing ability to get off the ground. Offensively, he’s able to finish close to the rim, stays active in his pursuit of put backs and is capable of scoring with a hook or a short range jumper.