Texas freshman Jarrett Allen (31) takes the court during a Big 12 basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Report: Texas F Jarrett Allen will enter NBA draft but not hire an agent

Posted March 21st, 2017

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Texas freshman Jarrett Allen will enter the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, thereby preserving his amateur status should he decide to return, according to CBS Sports.

A Texas spokesman could not confirm the report as of Tuesday afternoon.

This decision wouldn’t be a total surprise. The NCAA has tweaked the rules specifically to allow players to go through the NBA scouting combine and pre-draft process to see where they stand.

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Inside the Texas program, coaches and players weren’t really sure which way Allen was leaning. Coaches believed he was inclined to return. Two players told the American-Statesman in early March that Allen said he would “cut his hair and let it grow back next year” — some implication he wanted to return.

But Allen is surely aware that NBA general managers are enamored with athletic 6-foot-11 big men.

The St. Stephen’s product averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 points last season in 33 games. He showed tremendous improvement month after month.

His best game of the year came against Kansas’ potential NBA lottery pick Josh Jackson. Allen had 22 points and 19 rebounds in 34 minutes in a 12-point loss at Allen Fieldhouse.

After the season ended at the Big 12 tournament, Allen said of his decision, “Whatever’s best for my future. Staying might benefit me and leaving might benefit me. I’m going to go home and talk to my family and see what I can do.”

The Longhorns, who finished a disappointing 11-22 season, took last week off for spring break and began offseason workouts on Monday.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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