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NBA Comparison: Lorenzen Wright
Strengths: When looking towards the next level, Jarrett Allen’s size and length are some of the first things you notice when he’s on the court. Standing 6’10.5’’ in shoes, possessing an elite 7’5.5’’ wingspan, and a 9’2.5’’ standing reach, Allen’s ability to haul in rebounds will be one of his calling cards in the NBA … Through 22 games into his college career, Allen is pulling in a very respectable 8.4 rebounds per game, which includes a 2.9 split for offensive boards … His length, really allows him to get well above the rim with minimal effort … He’s also turned up his productivity during conference play, as he adjusts further to the NCAA game … Through 8 Big 12 games, Jarrett is pulling down 11 rebounds per game, which also included 3 straight double doubles in early Jan. Allen’s length will also allow him to protect the rim at the next level … He’s not an elite shot blocker, although good (1.6 bpg), but as he adds weight and experience, he has the ability to become a deterrent in the paint in the NBA … His immense length makes up for some deficiencies moving laterally, and he’s shown the ability to hedge successfully while defending pick and roll situations … Due to Shaquille Cleare playing the center for the Longhorns, Allen has actually played this season at the 4 spot for Shaka Smart … Allen’s ability to shoot in the mid range allows this, and it’s a nice piece of his offensive game when looking towards the NBA … Jarrett has a nice touch out to 12 feet, and good hands that allow him to catch passes around the rim, and finish at a good clip (68% at the rim according to hoop-math.com) … This foundation at such a young age make it reasonable to project him as being a player in the pick and pop game, as well as a solid roll man … His FT percentage is just 60%, but again, as he’s gained confidence throughout the season, he’s seen this element of his game improve. During Big 12 play, Allen is shooting 75% on a pretty decent 4.5 attempts per game. I wouldn’t go as far to say Jarrett projects as a high level offensive talent in the NBA, but his shooting touch gives him far more potential than many bigs his size who rely on athleticism alone to get buckets … Allen is a pretty good athlete as well … He’s a fast player for being near 7 feet tall, and is already 235 pounds. He appears to have the frame to add muscle, which he will need to do going forward.
Weaknesses: Jarrett Allen has good end to end speed, but he’s not particularly quick laterally, and possesses a bit of an awkward gate, as he hunches over when he runs … This is not particularly a huge issue, as I feel it could be corrected and improved as he gains strength and improves his conditioning … Allen still brings the ball down too much in the lane, which can lead to being stripped, and when he executes offense in the post it is often very slow and robotic … He’s very much a work in progress on offense, and despite his size and length advantage at the NCAA level, the game still appears to be pretty fast for him, and he doesn’t handle double teams well, nor instances in which he is heavily pressured … He is a solid passer in terms of knowing where to put the ball, but he often turns the ball over when defenders dial it up a notch … He’s also not the greatest in terms of boxing out, he’s good at picking the right spot, but is often muscled out by stronger players …
Overall: Overall, Jarrett Allen has a lot of potential … He has the size and length to be a successful NBA big man, and rebound at a high rate, but due to his soft touch, and good hands, he also has some real promise in the face up game … He’s still figuring things out at the NCAA level, and to his credit, has improved a great deal since the fall … As a baseline, I have little trouble projecting him as a solid defensive center in the league, but if the right things were to click with him, he could really become a high level NBA big …
Notes: Measured 6’10.5’’ in shoes, with a 7’ 5.5’’ wingspan and an 9’2.5’’ standing reach at the 2016 Hoop Summit. He also weighed 227 pounds at the same event.
David Ray 2/2/17
Strengths: 6’10 center … Good size and length … Runs the floor well with good fluidity and mobility. High activity level. Great potential as a defender. Good shot blocker with athleticism and instincts. Gets off the ground quickly. Alters a high majority of shots that come his way without fouling. Serves as an anchor and reliable paint protector. Good positioning and timing on defense … Dunks everything with authority within close … Very good rebounder … Good roll man in the pick and roll. Good hands and always alert for the pass … Appears to embrace the role of a center, doesn’t drift to the perimeter or play outside of his game … Hard working, cerebral player …
Weaknesses: Awkward free throw stance with inconsistent results. Has limited range and doesn’t have much of a face up game … Good footwork and solid foundation but lacks low post offense. Relies on putting the ball out of the defenders reach and finishing. Most of his points come from dunks and put backs. Can improve touch within close. Jump hook needs work … Has room to add strength … Still raw offensively, but shows promise …
Outlook: Allen is a bit of a late bloomer who provides great long term potential and currently gets his worth on the defensive end. Allen will play for Shaka Smart at Texas.
Evan Tomes 11/2/16