Long Island Prospect Should Make Impact

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a detailed final look at the high school career and future of Long Island prospect Jordan Allen, who will stay close to home and compete for a division one college basketball program ...

Jordan Allen, a 6-foot-6 combo forward from Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York, should be a player with a bright future and the ability to make an impact on the division one level playing for Hofstra.

Allen recently played in the Mary Kline Memorial All Star event at The Pennington School in New Jersey. He impressed scout Alex Kline. "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 continued. "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."


"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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