Cougars in lead for combo guard

A 3-STAR hoops prospect was in Pullman over the weekend and he tells CF.C the trip could not have gone any better. From Friday's "ZzuMania" start to the hoops season, to a big surprise inside Beasley Coliseum during his tour, the combo guard raved about his trip. Although he didn't commit during his visit, he told CF.C he has a new top three. And Washington State is the school to beat.

Palma High standout Noah Allen arrived to Pullman on Friday afternoon with both of his parents and left Sunday morning. On Monday evening, CF.C caught up with the the 6-5, 195-pound Salinas, Calif., product. He was elated to talk about his trip to Wazzu and the lasting impression the community and staff made.

"When we first got there, all we saw were hills and wheat fields," Allen quipped. "People told us it's in the middle of nowhere, but once you got into town there was Cougar stuff everywhere. It's (Pullman) so unique because the community is really close together and the fan base is all about the Cougars. I loved it and my parents did too."

So where does Allen's recruitment stand? He didn't commit during his trip, but he told CF.C Wazzu has jumped to the number one spot on his leader board.

"They're at the top," Allen said. "I really like it there and I can definitely see myself going there, but I just need to find the right fit and get all the information. I want to make sure it's the right decision for me and that's why I'm going to take some other trips."

Allen's top three currently consists of WSU, Northwestern and Boston College (yet to offer). He is scheduled to go to NW on Oct. 27 and is in the process of scheduling his trip to BC.

As for his trip to the Palouse, the experience was highlighted by Friday night's ZzuMania event at Bohler gym, where the Cougs officially opened up the 2012-13 season with a scrimmage and dunk contest. Allen said he was able to hang out with the players before and after the event and liked the feedback he received.

"It was really cool," Allen said of ZzuMania. "They were pretty funny with some of the stuff they brought out and they were all good guys. I asked them what it was like to be at WSU and every person told me they loved it. I really felt an instant bond with them when I got out there."

On top of ZzuMania, Allen said he and his family fell in love with Beasley Coliseum. From the moment he walked onto Friel Court, he was enthralled with the court and a surprise Bone and the marketing department arranged made it even sweeter.

"When we got to Beasley, they had a video of Klay Thompson's highlights and they blended it with mine," Allen said. "They put it up on the scoreboard's big screen and put some of Ike's (commit Ikenna Iroegbu) and Que's (freshman Que Johnson) highlights on there as well. They said they really wanted me and the three of us could be the future best backcourt in the Pac-12. My family loved it."

In addition to the coaching staff and players, there was one more person who impressed the Noah Family.

"The athletic director (Bill Moos) really made an impact on us," Allen said. "My parents really liked him as a person and they liked the direction he's trying to take the athletic programs. He has a great vision of where WSU could be."

Allen, who has a 3.9 GPA, said he is planning on studying either business or communications in college. He had the chance to visit both departments while at WSU and said he was impressed with what they had to offer.

"I had a couple of meetings with both departments and I liked them a lot," Allen said. "Their communications school is in the top 10 in the country, so that was definitely a good look."

Allen said he is planning on making a decision within the next few weeks and hopes to sign with his college of choice before the early signing period in November.

>b?Notable note:
As previously reported by CF.C, Allen was a Harvard commit throughout the summer, but recently decommitted when he and his family found out the financial obligations would be too much to afford. Allen received his financial aid packet from the Ivy League school and the estimated costs per year were over $60,000. Allen also had offers from Utah and Santa Clara, but they did not make his top three. Junior year highlights:

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