Boise State men’s basketball announces signing of 6-10 Allen

The Boise State men’s basketball team has officially added some much-needed height with 6-foot-10 junior college transfer Kevin Allen of Pratt (Kan.) Community College.

Allen averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore. He had 31 points and 17 rebounds in the first round of the NJCAA tournament. Click here for my story on Allen when he committed March 31. According to Allen, he chose Boise State over offers from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Nebraska, among others.

“We are really excited to get Kevin,” Boise State coach Leon Rice in a statement. “He fills a need for us with size we’ve been lacking and the departure of Ryan Watkins. Kevin has tremendous upside and with his work ethic and our system we’re really looking forward to his development as a Bronco.”

Rice spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon about Allen, and he expects Allen, who has three years of eligibility remaining to play two, to contribute quickly. He said that Allen will help as a shot blocker and a player that can alter a few shots per game, which will help with the Broncos’ defensive efforts.

“He’s just coming into his own, just starting to learn basketball … I think he’s just starting to reach his potential and I think we can really help him with that,” Rice said.

Rice said he envisions using Allen in tandem with 6-9 freshman signee David Wacker like the Broncos used Ryan Watkins and Kenny Buckner in 2012-13. Rice expects Allen to get stronger immediately after being in the Broncos’ strength and conditioning and weigh about 250 pounds in the fall.

“He’s kind of a combination of Ryan and Buck — he’s got Buck’s strength as far as that lower-body strength,” Rice said. “… He’s a guy that can wedge guys, but he’s got Ryan’s long arms and good instincts to get to the ball.”

Rice said the team has not been able to officially announce any additions to the schedule, but said “top 100″ teams will come to Taco Bell Arena in 2014-15, teams that are NCAA Tournament caliber but may not be from BCS football conferences. He also said as of now no players have left the team.

Here is the Broncos’ roster breakdown as of today for 2014-15:
Seniors
G/F Anthony Drmic
G Derrick Marks
G Igor Hadziomerovic
G Joe Hanstad
F Jake Ness (walk-on)
G Robert Heyer (walk-on)
Juniors
G Mikey Thompson
F Edmunds Dukulis
F/C Kevin Allen
Sophomores
F James Webb III (redshirted 2013-14)
F Nick Duncan
G Dezmyn Trent
F Joey Nebeker
Freshmen
F David Wacker
G/F Chandler Hutchison
G Chris Nealey (walk-on, redshirted in 2013-14)

Here is the full release on Allen’s signing from Boise State:

Boise State men’s basketball signed 6-foot-10 Kevin Allen to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Leon Rice announced Thursday. Allen averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game at Pratt (Kan.) Community College this season. He will join the program as a junior with a redshirt season still available.

“We are really excited to get Kevin,” said head coach Leon Rice. “He fills a need for us with size we’ve been lacking and the departure of Ryan Watkins. Kevin has tremendous upside and with his work ethic and our system we’re really looking forward to his development as a Bronco.”

This season Allen guided Pratt to a 22-13 record, the Region VI championship and a berth in the NJCAA Tournament. Allen shined brightest on the biggest stage, scoring 31 points and pulling down 17 rebounds in the Beavers’ first-round loss. It was his ninth double-double of the season.

He also averaged 1.8 blocks per game, ranking 39th in the country. His 111 offensive rebounds ranked No. 29 in the NJCAA.

Allen, a native of Ecorse, Mich., spent his freshman season at Jackson (Mich.) Community College as a freshman. He averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 55 percent from the floor.

Allen attended Ecorse Community High School, leading the school to the district finals in 2011 and 2012.

Allen joins prep standouts Chandler Hutchison (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and David Wacker (Converse, Texas) as members of Boise State’s 2014-15 incoming class. Hutchison and Wacker both signed NLIs during the early-signing period in November. Wacker was recently named the 5A Texas State Player of the Year while Hutchison is currently listed as the No. 80 recruit in the country by ESPN.com.

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