Strengths: Allen has worked hard to improve his physique and conditioning, to maximize his athleticism…Lost around 30 lbs since his Fr. year…Has always had nice quickness for his size…Will run the floor…Shows functional footwork…Still pretty strong despite a lower level of girth, and can establish position down low…His strength, wide frame and long arms gives him a decent sized area to receive post entry feeds…Has a soft touch and consistent 18 ft range as a face-up player…A pretty good rebounder that’s too his frame and long arms…Capable of establishing, making a move and scoring or drawing fouls…Would often score in bunches…Is a pretty good rebounder… Huge (7’3) wingspan allows him to play more like 6’8 than 6’6 …
Weaknesses: Although he’s worked hard to lose weight, he’s undersized for a PF…Is very short at 6’6 or 6’7…Not a leaper…Doesn’t make many decisive moves down low, which often negates his quickness with the ball in his hands…Footwork isn’t consistent, and will get into awkward areas and situations on the court at times…Has below average feel for the game…Doesn’t like to pass the ball much…Prone to forcing bad shots, and sometimes settles with his face up game…Struggles badly to read the double team…Not a very good defender, and doesn’t have great potential on this end either…Length helps him contest, but he moves his feet poorly…Extremely foul prone…Has a hard time being effective on both ends when matched up against length and/or quickness…Solid rebounder, but won’t get many outside his immediate vicinity
Overall: Allen’s work to developing his body is amazing. He’s quicker than he used to be as still has solid footwork, but he’s not quite an athlete guy and would struggle on both ends because of it.
Jorrye Nixon 6/7/11