Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'10" / 235 lbs
School/Club: Texas
Status: Freshman
Birthday: April 20, 1998

About Jarrett Allen

Allen oozes potential. Evidence of it abounded in his only season of college basketball. Take the 19 rebounds he grabbed at Kansas, the frightening one-handed dunk against West Virginia, or the out-of-nowhere blocked shot against Baylor. The latter two plays were called by ESPN announcers as the dunk and block of the year in the Big 12. That’s open for debate, but Allen’s known commodity is the set of tools he brings to the game. In addition to his height, length and athletic ability, he’s an intelligent player who, if he takes advantage of the extra workout time he’ll have as a professional, could emerge as a premier big man.


  • Elite athlete
  • Intelligent
  • Mobility
  • Nearly 7-6 wingspan
  • Huge hands
  • Good rebounder
  • Has midrange jumper


  • Has to add size and strength
  • Poor free-throw shooter
  • Was turnover prone, but mental and physical maturity should help reduce miscues
  • Block rate should increase

NBA projection: Allen has been projected as a lottery pick.

2016-17 Season
Allen earned third-team All-Big 12 honors and was also chosen to the league’s All-Newcomer team after a season in which he improved steadily. In league games only, he averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting .599 from the field, all team highs. Overall, he finished second on the team in scoring and led in rebounding, blocked shots (51) and field-goal percentage. Among Big 12 players, Allen was 12th in scoring, third in rebounding, second in field-goal percentage and fourth in blocked shots.

Key statistics: 13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 2.5 tpg, 1.5 bpg, 32.1 mpg, .566 FG, .000 3PT, .564 FT

Career Highlights: All-Big 12 Conference Third Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team as a Texas freshman. Third in the league in rebounding (8.4). Played for the U.S. U18 National Team that won a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and averaged 10.6 points and 9.0 rebounds.

Cool statistic: Allen’s 19-rebound game at Kansas was the second-highest total for a freshman in Texas history, behind Kevin Durant’s 23 boards at Texas Tech in 2007.

Reminds me of: Lorenzen Wright

What Insiders Say
Texas coach Shaka Smart

"When Jarrett chose to come to The University of Texas, he expressed a sincere interest in learning and having the absolute best freshman season he could have. I'm really pleased with the tremendous growth Jarrett has shown. He has been a joy to coach, and I'm excited to watch him continue to develop into the best version of himself at the next level."

What Outsiders Say
Kansas coach Bill Self

“I think he is great. I thought in recruiting, he would be a great player, and then when we saw him earlier in the season I thought he would be a really good player by the end of the year. I'm not predicting what's going to happen, but whenever he comes out, this kid is a lottery pick. He's got huge hands, he's got a touch, I love his game, and I know other people do as well.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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