Hometown: Morrisville, PA

Height: 6'9"

Weight: 225

Position: Power Forward

Team: Temple

Class: Senior
#24 Lavoy Allen  | F

Right-handed… Allen is a solid talent, but has yet to put it all together for Coach Dunphy and Temple for consistent stretches. He has been one of the best players in the Atlantic-10 for a couple of years, but flies under the radar because of a few weaknesses that limit him. Perhaps this season is his year. The A-10 is an underrated conference and the Owls have one of the more difficult non-conference schedules in the country with Duke, Maryland, Georgetown, Seton Hall and the Old Spice Classic awaiting… He tested the NBA Draft waters this spring, only to return to school before the deadline. Since then, he has been gaining valuable experience as a member of the Team USA Select Team, a group of collegiate upperclassmen that train with the America's World Championship team… He has good size at 6'9" and shows his athleticism soaring for rebounds and throwing down some dunks in the paint… He is a high-energy guy, who will do the dirty work and battle down low and hit the glass hard…  He has an excellent foundation- good hands, solid footwork down low and great court vision. While he is almost unselfish to a fault, he is one of the best passing big men in the country, but he passes up too many scoring opportunities for himself in favor of setting up a teammate.

Why hasn't Allen broken-out onto the national scene yet? He lacks the toughness and aggressive mentality to put up consistent numbers. Even against some of the better teams in the conference and on Temple's schedule, he disappears at times. He will dominate the glass on both ends of the court and then you won't even notice he is still on the floor for some stretches… He needs to develop a scoring mentality and learn to utilize his size and strength to post up defenders and keep them on his back. He lacks advanced moves in the low blocks and scores a majority of his buckets on follow-ups and hustle plays. He could dominate this year if he becomes comfortable playing with his back to the basket; he is too passive and has difficulty asserting himself. Scouts want to see the skilled big that they know he can be and not the offensively passive and inconsistent forward he has shown too often.
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