WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 20-25 PICK/ CHANCE TO RISE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Texas had a down year this season, however, one player really shined bright as the season was winding down. The Longhorns top recruit in 2016 played like the 5-star player he was coming out of high school. Jarrett Allen improved immeasurably throughout the 2nd half of the season.
Allen was one of the Big-12 conference best players once the conference season ended. The 6’11” center showed off his vast array of offensive moves. He has a jump-hook that he can shoot with both hands. We were impressed with his mid-range jumper, as it improved throughout the year. Once he begins to hit the jumper with more consistency, it will only help out his improving low-post game.
The former McDonald’s All-American has a 7’5″ wingspan. This allows him to be an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also shows the ability and potential to be a very good shot-blocker at the next level with his wingspan and timing. Allen is a very good athlete for his size. He runs the court like a guard as he gets points on his hustle by beating opposing defenders down the floor.
The center will need to gain weight for the NBA level as he only weighs around 230-240 pounds. He will need to improve upon his passing skills as he tends to overthink plays, which leads to making bad passes and turnovers. He needs to play at a more consistent level, although he has made large improvements during the second half of the college season.
We are personally very high on Jarrett Allen and the potential that he has. We believe he can be a very good NBA player in time. We would really like him to return to Texas for his sophomore year so he can keep improving. However, he is most likely a first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
If he does enter the NBA Draft in June, he will provide an NBA team with his shot-blocking ability and rebounding at first. In time, we expect him to be a player who will be able to score on a consistent basis due to his effective jump-hook with both hands and his improving mid-range game. Allen is a few years away from being the type of player that he can become. If an NBA team is patient with him, he might just be one of the steals in this years draft. Centers with his athletic ability, skill, and coordination are hard to find.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JARRETT ALLEN
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