Sharpshooting Allsmiller has Vandy roots

PHILADELPHIA – Jake Allsmiller was yet another player from the state of Tennessee with a Vanderbilt offer who was in attendance at the Reebok Breakout Classic.

PHILADELPHIA – Jake Allsmiller was yet another player from the state of Tennessee with a Vanderbilt offer who was in attendance at the Reebok Breakout Classic.

A class of 2014 prospect from Christ Presbyterian Academy, Allsmiller said he holds offers from LSU, Vanderbilt and Miami (OH).

"Vanderbilt [offer] was sophomore year, LSU was last year and Miami of Ohio was last year too," Allsmiller said.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard mentioned Davidson, Stanford, DePaul, Georgia, Tennessee, and Purdue as other schools involved in his recruitment.

He does not have any favorites at this point, saying, "Not right now, just everything is open right now."

Allsmiller said he has had the opportunity to visit a few different college campuses so far. "I went to LSU and I liked it a lot. It was a fun place," Allsmiller said. "I took a visit to Purdue because they were recruiting me and I liked that place too."

As for the local school, Vanderbilt, Allsmiller said, "Yes, I've visited multiple times just because I'm right down the road."

Allsmiller, who said he lives "about a 20-minute drive" from Vanderbilt, noted that he does not have any other trips planned right now.

The rising senior went on to discuss what it is that he is looking for in a school.

"Good academics, location to home," Allsmiller said, "I don't want to go too far away and just a good coaching staff and good winning tradition."

Regarding academics, Allsmiller said he has a 3.6 GPA and has "no idea" right now what he wants to major in.

Of his timetable for a commitment, Allsmiller remarked, "I'm going to try to commit before the high school season, just to get it over with."

As mentioned, Allsmiller is certainly interested in staying nearby for college and the Nashville native talked about whether there is an appeal to staying in his home city and attending Vanderbilt.

"I've definitely thought about going to Vanderbilt," Allsmiller said. "It's definitely up there because my dad went there and my high school coach went there too. So, they're kind of pushing me there. So it's definitely an advantage, so we'll see."

Allsmiller spent a bit more time talking about the Vanderbilt program, beginning with the man in charge of it, head coach Kevin Stallings.

"I like Kevin Stallings a lot," Allsmiller said. "He's a good guy, he's a great coach. Great winning tradition over there."

When it comes to the Commodores' style of play, Allsmiller thinks he should be able to fit in quite well.

"Oh definitely, just look at John Jenkins over there," Allsmiller said. "I kind of looked up to him when I was watching him. So he plays my style, [it would] fit."

Allsmiller continued on to speak a bit about his individual game as a player.

"Spot-up shooter, just stand in corner, wait for the ball," Allsmiller said. "I use penetrate-pitch a lot and I'm usually the shooter if they ever need it and I just come off stagger screens as much as possible."

The three-star recruit said that had made "130-something" 3-pointers during his junior season. He also talked about when he needs to improve upon the most on the court.

"Definitely just ball handling," Allsmiller began, "getting quicker, more athletic ability, just to stay with these athletic guards out here."

As for what his experience at the Reebok Breakout Classic was like, Allsmiller said, "Oh, it's awesome, just playing against these amount of guys with this capable ability, it's really a blessing to be here."

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