Leading up to the NBA Draft we will be analyzing scouting reports for various players who have entered their name in this year’s NBA Draft. The focus of these articles will be on prospects who we find most intriguing and feel readers need to become more familiar with. Please let us know if you want any players specifically @edupridepress. All stats and videos are via KenPom, ESPN, DraftExpress, and YouTube.
Jarrett Allen – Texas
Weight: 234 lbs
Background: Every year there are players that slip through the cracks of college basketball because their team is not in the NCAA Tournament or in the national spotlight. Allen was a highly touted recruit but after a rugged start, the big man and Texas seemed to be forgotten. Allen was very strong in conference play but was not mentioned among the top freshmen because of the Longhorn’s struggles. It is key to see how prospects play against other talented players at their position but the Big 12 did not have another skilled big man to matchup against Allen. Allen will be a late first round pick but don’t be surprised to see him jump up draft boards in a draft that lacks true centers. Jarrett Allen is one of the most underrated players in the NBA Draft class and NBA teams will regret passing on him for years to come.
Strengths: Jarrett Allen is still a raw big man that at 19 years old will have plenty of time to add muscle and polish to his game. He is a very talented rebounder and rim protector. In conference play Allen averaged almost 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Allen did all of this while playing 36 minutes a game during the Big 12 season. The big man was able to rebound and defend the rim without fouling. Kansas did not have any NBA quality big men on their roster this year but not every freshman can go into Allen Fieldhouse and do what Allen did this season.
Allen’s developmental focus should be to build an offensive repertoire that can make him a reliable scorer. He will get garbage buckets with his rebounding and hustle in the fast break but a mid range jump shot can make him a mainstay in the NBA for many years to come. If Allen’s offensive game does not develop as planned he could still be a quality player just with his rebounding and defense. He may not be DeAndre Jordan but his touch around the rim and mobility make him an impact player.
Weaknesses: Today’s NBA is always looking for their bigs to be able to shoot three pointers. Noah Vonleh basically had the same freshman campaign as Allen but the 16 three pointers he made turned Vonleh into a Top 10 pick. Allen went 0-7 in deep shots during his lone season with the Longhorns. His inability to make an outside jumper will be a big impediment as NBA teams try to evaluate where he fits in their scheme. Allen’s other major weakness is his strength. He will need to get much stronger over these next few years if he wants to finish through contact and hold his own in the post.
Comparison: Joakim Noah
Allen’s ceiling is much higher than a comparison with Joakim Noah but the safest comparison is with Noah. Noah had good touch around the rim and was a top rate defender in his prime. Noah was never able to have a reliable mid range jumper but Allen has better form on his shot leaving the possibility that he could surpass the former Chicago Bull on the offensive end of the floor.
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