Just a two-star prospect out of six-time national champion DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, freshman Terrell Allen is now a principal factor for Drexel. An opening day starter for the Dragons in their contest against St. Joe’s, Allen went 7-13 from the floor, scoring 18 points and led the team with 4 steals in 36 minutes of play. His performance opened eyes from the Colonial Athletic Association and he was awarded CAA Rookie of the Week. In the hard fought battle with the Hawks, Allen’s offense propelled a bit of a comeback for Drexel, but unfortunately, they couldn’t get it done at Hagan Arena.
In his next five games, he additionally started at the guard position for the Dragons. While the stat sheet may not show the production of fellow standout underclassmen, Ben Simmons or Grayson Allen, Terrell Allen’s play on the court speaks volumes. His passing ability is second to none and he is great team player.
The Empire’s staff writer Benjamin Simon noted in a recruiting profile of Allen that his “strong decision making and maturity rubs off on his fellow teammates. This can be demonstrated by his scoring during his junior season, in which he averaged less than 8 points per game.” He also wrote, “[Terrell Allen] did this for the betterment of the team, by not forcing shots and only taking the best available ones.” Part of the successful evolution in that area of his playing style from high school to college may have to do with head coach Bruiser Flint’s practices. Many drills and scrimmages focus on making the extra pass or finding the open man by working the ball around. It also may have to do with Allen’s generally high basketball IQ and although it is difficult to come up with concrete criteria for that category, the confidence and intelligent moves he makes allows one to surmise such an instance.
One telling stat, though, is that Allen is tied for the most minutes played of anyone through their first couple games with 197 logged so far. It shows the faith that the DU coaching staff has in this young man. Their expectations are high as well. Other parts of Allen’s game that could bode well for his future are his consistency in free throw shooting, where he stands fourth on the team in FT%, and assists, which he leads the team with 26. Any coach loves, to borrow from the old Jesuit mantra, a “man for others” on the court and a reliable shooter from the stripe for when it gets down to crunch time.
If this season continues to go as well as it has so far for Allen, next season could be eye-opening not just in the conference, but possibly nationally. Although the season is still young, it is senior guard Tavon Allen’s final year. With the leading scorer’s spot empty for the next few years, don’t immediately look for Terrell Allen to just be the “go-to scorer,” but to be the focal point of the offense.
It can be predicted that the stat sheet will go up in scoring as well, but he isn’t a score-first type of player by nature, so assume that will not be his persona on the court. This way he can play a true point guard and still be able to develop as a sophomore and in the years to come. All of the positive characteristics that Terrell Allen already has in his reputare, only adds to the potential and high ceiling he holds.
Drexel has a bit of a way’s ahead of them before the season is up, with intriguing nonconference matchups like a trip to Columbia to play the Gamecocks on the 15th of December, or the December 19th matchup against Penn State at the Palestra. They should be interesting tests for the young guard from Maryland. But rightly so, many fans have asked who will be the next star once Tavon Allen graduates, and that title could very well be spelled T-E-R-R-E-L-L instead of T-A-V-O-N quite soon.
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