With a wing span of 7 feet 5 inches, Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-10-inch center is a junior at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, November 14, 2014. Allen is regarded as one of the area's top basketball players. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Jarrett Allen, James Banks highlight length arriving for Texas basketball

Posted June 20th, 2016

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Team USA basketball’s U18team has a burnt orange feel to it this summer as Texas coach Shaka Smart leads the team and has two of his future full-time players trying out this month.

Last week the tryouts started and on Monday the official measurements of the players trying out were released, and the length of the two future Longhorns is pretty impressive.

 

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Jarrett Allen, a McDonald’s All-American, was measured at a little more than 6’10” tall  with a reach of 9’1.5″. His wingspan was more than 7’5.5″ long.

Texas coach Shaka Smart, center, and incoming freshman Jarrett Allen, left, and James Banks, right, will move on to the Team USA Under-18 training camp in Houston this July.
Texas coach Shaka Smart, center, and incoming freshman Jarrett Allen, left, and James Banks, right, will move on to the Team USA Under-18 training camp in Houston this July.

He has room to gain a little weight at 224 pounds, but the center is everything he was advertised as coming out of St. Stephen’s High School.

But the player that often times gets lost among the Allen talk is James Banks. The product out of Georgia who played his prep ball in Indiana was a little more 6-foot-10-inches tall  with a standing reach surpassing Allen at more than 9’3.5.” His wingspan was nearly identical as Allen. Banks has 18 more pounds on Allen at 242.

Allen and Banks were named finalists for the team last week and are vying for a spot on the 12-man team that will compete at the FIBA Americas U18 championships in Valdivia, Chile on July 19.

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