Lavoy Allen: half man, half amazing.


Temple Basketball has seen some pretty amazing players walk through its doors. Aaron McKie, Mark Macon, and you can’t forget the best named player ever in college basketball, Pepe Sanchez. We should have great players. Basketball, after all, is what Temple does. We’ve built our reputation on the fiery (and sometimes mentally unstable) shoulders of Jon Chaney, and certainly gotten more exposure during March Madness then during bowl season.

Individual excellence has become so commonplace on Temple’s courts, that in many ways it has lost its luster, and fans seem to gloss over the new generation of amazing athletes. Lavoy Allen is one of those athletes, and we’re lucky to still have him on our team.

Allen is a 6-9, 225 lb forward, who has increased his production and basketball savvy with every season. In his freshmen year, Allen contributed 276 points, in his sophomore year, 361 points, and last year he dropped 402 points on his unwitting opponents.

Allen became the first Temple player to average a double-double since Ollie Johnson in 1970-71, averaging 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 2009-10. Allen also led the team in rebounding, blocks, and field goal percentage, while ranking third on the team with 83 assists. That is some serious court production. Numbers like that tells us that while Allen is a great individual performer, he gives his teammates the opportunity to shine as well. He makes them better, makes the team better, and makes the program better.

If that wasn’t enough, Allen decided that extraordinary play wasn’t enough to make the rest of us feel like lazy pieces of crap, and he became the 46th player to score 1000 points when he tallied 12 points in a 70-57 win over George Washington. Just to make sure people can’t knock him off the records chart, he has 375 rebounds (fourth on the Temple all-time list) and 864 boards (seventh on the TU career chart). Honestly, I’m not sure if we should test him for steroids or magic.

Not surprisingly, when Allen had the opportunity to enter the NBA draft he took it. He did however, avoid the siren’s song that many players fall victim to, and did not hire an agent before the draft. Not hiring an agent allowed Allen to retain his eligibility. Underclassmen that declared for the draft but did not hire agents had until May 8 to withdraw their names from consideration and retain their eligibility. Inexplicable as it is that there were no takers for Allen, we have him back for another year and we should make the most of it.

I’m thinking we should get Temple Genetics on the case and see if they can clone 5 more Lavoy Allen’s. While we’re at it, let’s see if we can build another Pepe Sanchez, I miss saying that guy’s name.