At the Big 12 basketball media day on Monday, Texas coach Shaka Smart said freshman Jarrett Allen is “getting better and better.”
If that’s the case, opponents had better watch out. Allen is already expected to be scary good.
So good, in fact, that CBS Sports college basketball analysts Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish placed Allen at No. 37 on their list ranking the top 101 college basketball players for 2016-17.
Here’s what Parrish had to say about Allen, who was already named to the site’s list of “most talented freshmen”:
Allen was a late addition to the Longhorns’ recruiting class that ranked fifth nationally. He’s a 6-11 athlete with a 7-5 wingspan who should flourish in the style of play that Shaka Smart brought from VCU to Texas.
Allen is likely to start for the Longhorns alongside 6-foot-8 forward Shaq Cleare. Fans still haven’t had a chance to see Allen play in a Texas uniform, as he was held out of the team’s Texas Tip-Off event as a precaution due to a sore hamstring.
The nation’s No. 17 recruit out of St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Austin, Allen was one of 20 big men named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list. You can view some of his high school highlights below.
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