* Versatile game
* Great rebounder
* Good shot blocker
* Good passer
* Has tweener size; what's his position?
* Could work on perimeter game, though he's a better shooter than some believe
If Allen gets a chance to win a spot, he can be a versatile frontcourt player who competes on the backboards. Could be a good defender because of his length; long arms make him a sneaky shot blocker.
Allen was chosen second-team All-SEC and was one of only two players to win ACC Player-of-the-Week honors three times. Allen finished second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding. He was third in the ACC in rebounding. Allen racked up 16 double-doubles, which led his team. He finished fourth place all-time at Virginia Tech with 1,111 career rebounds and 233 career steals, fifth with 150 career blocked shots and 12th all-time in career points (1,702).
13.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.9 tpg, 0.7 bpg, 1.2 spg, 32.3 mpg, .501 FG, .147 3PT, .660 FT
Allen is the only player in ACC history to accumulate 1,600 points, 1,100 rebounds, 200 steals and 150 blocked shots in his career.
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What Insiders Say:
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg
"You look at DeJuan Blair. Jeff Allen could be another DeJuan Blair. He's a skilled hybrid forward who has a knack to rebound the basketball. He's not as efficient on the low block as Blair, but he has a better face-up game than Blair. He's got a feel for the game and he's a very good passer."
What Outsiders Say:
Oklahoma State assistant coach Chris Ferguson
"Good player. Great hands, good feat, sneaky athletic, and he seems to have a good feel and a good IQ for the game."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.