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West Virginia Basketball Signee Teddy Allen Has MVP Performance in All-Star Win

BECKLEY, W. Va. - West Virginia basketball signees Teddy Allen and Derek Culver each had a double-double to help power their EIN team past Crossroads Chevrolet 124-116 in the Scott Brown Classic on Saturday evening.

Allen took home MVP honors with 22 points, ten rebounds and five assists, while Culver shook off several nicks and sprains with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The game, a largely defenseless affair, was played under collegiate timing rules at the Beckley-Raleigh Convention Center. An estimated crowd of around 800 attended.

Allen showed his aggressiveness several times on drives to the hoop. Using his strength and big frame, the 6-5 swingman was able to get into the lane on several occasions for shots. He also showed off great range, hitting one three-pointer from several feet beyond the 3-point line over Marshall signee Jarrod West. Although Allen finished just 3-10 from distance, he displayed respectable form and didn't force shots. He set up teammates with a number of good looks, and had a pair of alley-oop passes that resulted in dunks for teammates.

Culver banged up his wrist in pre-game warm-ups for the dunk contest (which he won anyway), and also suffered a sprained ankle in the first half. After returning in the second, he tweaked his back and side while twisting in pursuit of a rebound. Despite the dings, he snared 11 defensive rebounds, and also contributed an assist and a steal against two turnovers. He was 2-4 from the free throw line and 4-7 from the field, including 1-3 from beyond the arc. Allen displayed good box-out fundamentals on the defensive end, turning to identify potential rebounders, then positioning and sealing them away from the rim before making his move on the ball. He also showed good ball-handling and passing skills. He dribbled the ball with comfort in the open court, and found open teammates for several good shots, although he wound up with just the one assist.

"I stepped on someone's foot," the cheerful Culver said after the game. He opened the contest with a soaring dunk, but also was content to get teammates set up for shots. In addition to Allen and Culver, four EIN teammates, including Florida-bound Chase Johnson, scored in double figures. EIN had 71 second half points, and made 14 threes. Jarrod West led Crossroads with 29 points.\

Allen was 9-19 from the field and 1-3 from the line. He also had a blocked shot and two steals against two turnovers. He was utterly at ease handling the ball and in putting pressure on opposing defenders.

Culver and Allen hit it off quickly, although they just met the day before the game.

"When I met him, it was like I had known him for a long time," Culver said. "We chopped it up. He's a big guard. He's going to cause match-up problems. He told me I could jump over him in the dunk contest if I wanted to, and I said 'I'm not about to jump over you, bro.'

"We're excited, but you never really know what to expect," Allen observed. "You hear DI guys telling you waht it's going to be like, but no on really knows. You just try to prepare the best you can and be ready when the time gets there."

Both are obviously looking forward to their impending moves to Morgantown.

"I definitely plugged myself right in there," Allen said of his thoughts when watching WVU play this year, and how he might fit on next year's team. "[I saw myself] on one of the wings, helping out the guys, getting the ball in the hoop and wreaking havoc on the defensive end. Those guys are fun to watch, and I just pictured myself doing all the things those guys do. I look up to them, but they are going to be my teammates, and I want to start figuring out where I fit. I watched them a lot and studied them a lot.

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