The Missouri Tigers mens basketball program has started over and new head coach, Kim Anderson, has landed his first recruit in three star small forward, D’Angelo Allen.
D’Angelo Allen told me he not only committed to #Mizzou, but signed a letter of intent yesterday. Full story coming soon.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) May 4, 2014
Allen is a versatile 6-foot-6 standout from Kimball High School in Dallas. He committed to Missouri during his weekend visit to Columbia. ESPN.com gave Allen an overall scout grade of 79, and has him listed as the 30th best small forward in his class. Here’s what they have to say about his strengths,
Allen is a talented long athletic wing that possess excellent bounce around the rim especially in transition where he plays above the rim with flare. Allen can hit the open three when set or in the flow and he is also very aggressive on the offensive glass when he is a tip in or tip dunk threat if not aggressively boxed out. Allen displayed the ability to pass effectively when he drew multiple defenders as well.
Todd Palmer of the Kansas City Star reported that Tigers assistant coach Tim Fuller had been recruiting Allen for a while and that connection helped sway Allen’s decision. Allen also hit it off with Anderson during the weekend visit, cementing a commitment to Missouri.
Anderson also hit it big last week, when he was able to convince Jakeenan Gant, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Effingham County (Ga.) High School, to stay after Anderson was hired to replace Haith.
Our own staff writer, Jared Barzee, wrote a great piece concerning Gant. Mizzou still has two scholarships left to offer because of the losses of Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson to the NBA.
Mizzou struggled in the paint mightily last year, so having a guy like Allen who is reliable in rebounding and aggressive in the paint, could help get that problem turned around quickly. He has tremendous upside and is a solid first recruit for Kim Anderson and his staff. You can check out his highlights below.
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