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Texas forward Jarrett Allen(31) looks to score around UAB's Chris Cokley(3) during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Another year? Jarrett Allen falls in NBA mock drafts despite steady improvement

Posted January 3rd, 2017

Texas’ basketball season isn’t going as planned, and little of that can fall on freshman standout Jarrett Allen’s large shoulders.

Allen has been a double-double machine of late and the 6-foot-11-inch center is looking like one of the best post players in the Big 12. Allen is averaging 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds with 1.3 blocks a game, but he’s scored in double figures in eight of the Longhorns’ 13 games. He’s also grabbed more 10 or more rebounds in five of those games.

But is Allen’s NBA stock taking a dip as the Longhorns languish with a 6-7 record and 0-1 Big 12 start?

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The NBA draft site nbadraft.net leaves Allen off its two-round mock draft done at the end of December, a surprising occurrence since the same site once had him at No. 15.

It’s a trend. Draft Express’ last mock update on Dec. 5 also left Allen out in both rounds. In the summer, the site had him at No. 10.

This may not mean anything.

Allen entered the season widely believed to be the top center of the 2016 recruiting class. He was considered a lottery pick by both sites and many expected him to bolt for the NBA after one season. But nothing can be assumed when it comes to Allen, who didn’t join the Longhorns until June after prolonging his college choice. Maybe there’s a reason he took the extra time to pick his college?

One site still has Allen ranked as a top 20 NBA prospect, and it might have a little more weight than the two other outlets. On CBS Sports’ 2017 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings, Allen comes in at No. 17.  There’s no time stamp on this list, so who knows when it was last updated, but CBS did have Allen at No. 9 in a mock draft on June 24th. 

In his first Big 12 road game, against a veteran post group from Kansas State, Allen scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was his third double-double in four games.

All the numbers suggest that Texas’ top recruit is improving by the game. 

 

 

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