* Great defender
* Good rebounder
* Good passer
* Could be a capable face-up shooter with 15-18 foot range if he chooses to work at it
* Let's game come to him rather than be too hurried
* Not assertive on the offensive end
* Needs work on his footwork
* Should develop a jump hook with both hands
Allen didn't go to the Portsmouth Invitational and will have to impress NBA teams through individual workouts. His defense and rebounding skills are such that, if he gets a chance to stick, he could wind up having a lengthy NBA career.
Allen was chosen first-team All-Atlantic 10 for the second straight season and to the league's all-defensive team for the third time. He led Temple and ranked second in the league in rebounding. He also led the Owls in blocked shots with a career best 61 and finished second in scoring. Allen grabbed double-figure rebounds in 16 games, including nine straight to end the season.
11.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 tpg, 1.8 bpg, 33.9 mpg, .480 FG, .294 3PT, .697 FT
Allen ended his career as Temple's all-time rebound leader (1,147).
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What Insiders Say:
Temple coach Fran Dunphy
"He's really a good player. I don't know what the NBA guys are thinking of him. Can he be an NBA player? Absolutely. He's the best defensive player position-wise and in terms of understanding of the game I've ever been associated with. I believe he could have a 12-year career in the NBA. He may never start. He's never going to be a drop-dead scorer. But he'll be a solid player."
What Outsiders Say:
Richmond assistant coach Kevin McGeehan
"He's probably the best defensive big guy in the [A-10], from both a positional standpoint and ability-wise. He really knows how to play defense. He knows how to be in the right spot. He makes [Temple's] defense so strong because of his knowledge and ability to both guard his man and have everybody else guarding in the right spots."
George Washington coach Karl Hobbs
"Lavoy Allen is my favorite player in this league. He's so patient with everything he does. … He never looks like he's in a hurry, but he's very quick to spots."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 2-for-5 (.400); 2008-09, 7-for-21 (.333); 2009-10, 5-for-23 (.217); 2010-11, 5-for-17 (.294). Totals: 19-for-66 (.288).|