Long Island Prospect Has Bright Future

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game and future of talented senior prospect Jordan Allen, who recently competed in an all star game held in New Jersey ...

Jordan Allen, a 6-foot-6 combo forward from Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York, recently played in the Mary Kline Memorial All Star event to be played at The Pennington School in New Jersey.

The all star game was held in memory of scout guru Alex Kline's mother, Mary, who passed away from cancer.

"Jordan is very versatile in that he can play the 2, 3 and 4," said Kline, who is becoming one of the best hoops experts in the country.

"One of the best features to his game is his ability to finish at the rim," Kline added. "Allen had several reverse layups on the fast break. He made some tricky shots look very easy. He needs to get his jumper down and impact the game more at all times."

Jordan, who was a member of last year's Bay Shore High School boy's basketball team on Long Island, New York, has already signed with Hofstra's Mo Cassara.

WHAT JORDAN THINKS OF HOFSTRA AND COACH MO CASSARA:

"I'm excited about the chance to play for Hofstra. I like Coach a lot and I'm excited about having a chance to play there. I'll do whatever coach needs me to do."

"Everything added up," said Jordan. "They had everything I look for in a school -- great education, great program, a new coach (Mo Cassara)."

"When my father, myself and Gary Charles (program director of the New York Panthers) sat down with coach Cassara, who told me flat out everything is going to be earned," Allen said.

"He felt like I could come in right away and play and be a major factor," Allen continued.

"What was most important to me was the fact that he said that I'm going to have to work and that my reward would come later. That's all I could ask for, only because nothing in this world is given for free."

"I really like the coaching staff too," he said, giving credit to the head coach and the assistants for his decision.


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