A former McDonald's All-American and Team USA product, the Austin native required just one season under Shaka Smart at Texas after blossomed into a quality NBA prospect throughout the Big 12 slate. After beginning the season averaging just 10.6 points per contest, Allen's productivity jumped to 16.2 points per game throughout conference play, largely due to his two-way skills being on full display.
Some of Allen's strengths include his offensive upside, fit in today's uptempo NBA and defensive versatility, as expanded on below from Burnt Orange Nation's recent scouting report:
At this point in his progression, Allen is a 6’11, 235-pound piece of basketball clay with talent tapered towards today’s NBA. The glaring issue is that talent isn’t quite NBA-ready just yet, but Allen’s skill set is such that in the hands of the right coaching staff, he can be molded into a quality offensive option down the road.
In the post, Allen is a crafty and improving finisher around the basket. As a freshman, Allen displayed finesse, touch and body control beyond his years at times and that lifted him to a 68 percent success rate around the rim. With his back to the basket, although he’s not a bruiser, Allen utilizes impressive footwork and has considerably soft touch, most clearly evident with his sky hook from either hand.
In 33 games at Texas, Allen recorded 18 multiple-block games, which is an impressive effort considering he almost always played out of position as a power forward next to Shaquille Cleare or James Banks. While he may see time as a power forward every now and then in the NBA, Allen is a center and he’s being scouted as such. As Allen progresses and develops into a full-time role at center, he should, at the very least, become an above average rim protector.
In pick-and-roll situations, Allen has shown that he can successfully hedge screens and when sticking with the ball handler, Allen’s footwork and athleticism prevent him from being on the wrong side of an immediate mismatch.
With his name being called in the first round on Thursday's NBA Draft, Allen becomes the 16th Longhorn to be selected in the first round and the second in three years after Myles Turner was drafted No. 11 overall by the Indiana Pacers in 2015.