2016 5-star PF Jarrett Allen committed to Texas Friday afternoon. Allen is a 6-9 big man who attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Austin, TX. Allen chose the Longhorns over Houston and Kansas. Allen’s 247 Crystal Ball was 100% in Texas’ favor. Allen is ranked the #5 power forward in the 2016 class, and #17 nationally by CBB Latest.
Though the Crystal Ball read 100% in Texas’ favor for Allen, sources confirmed that 100% is slightly too generous to the Longhorns. Houston had a bigger chance than no chance, a source said, and one source even said Kansas’ chances were being overlooked. Allen made his decision very late in the process, which one source noted that this could possibly be because Allen was having a hard time deciding.
Allen is a very solid low post player who finds a way to score in the post. He can finish through contact very well in the paint. He is not very strong, which could trouble him at the collegiate level. He is athletic and has a high basketball IQ. Regardless of his strength, Allen is a player who will develop into one of the best post players in college, and should find his way to the NBA Draft in less than three years. I do not expect Allen to be a one-and-done, though that all depends on his performance at Texas.
Texas was very likely the best choice for Allen. The Longhorns are deep at the guard position, but do need help down low, and Allen is destined to do just that. Projecting him to be a starter for Texas next year is not a vacuous prediction. Allen will start at the 4 or 5, however, it is hard to say which position he will get more playing time at. Allen undoubtedly made the right choice by becoming a Longhorn.