One of the top high school freshman in the nation is already planning on suiting up for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Marvel Allen, a 6-foot-3 prospect in the class of 2023, said he currently spends his time watching clips and documentaries of Coach Cal and his time in Lexington, hoping to someday earn a scholarship from the Kentucky head coach.
“I like Coach Cal; that’s my favorite coach,” he said in an interview with Chris Nelsen of The Palm Beach Post this weekend. “He brings so much intensity. I watch their clips all the time, their documentaries. That draws my attention.”
Though the major recruiting outlets don’t typically rank high school freshmen, Coast2CoastPreps.com currently lists Allen as the No. 32 prospect in the class of 2023, while the Naismith National Youth All American Report has the 6-foot-3 guard ranked No. 33 overall. He already holds a scholarship offer from South Florida, with others, including Central Florida, Dayton and Oklahoma State, also showing early interest.
The class of 2023 also features the likes of Bronny James – Lebron James’ son – and DJ Wagner – Dajuan Wagner’s son – among others.
Hoping to attend a UK basketball game sometime in the near future, Allen – who is expected to grow at least another three inches by the time he gets to college – plans on introducing himself to the Kentucky head coach and “get on his list” of potential targets right away.
“I’m going to try to talk to him,” said Allen, via The Palm Beach Post. “I’ve never spoke to him, but on the travel circuit, I see him. I want to get on his list.”
Allen’s father, Marvin Allen, said his son’s college decision will be up to him when the time comes, and if he wants to play for Calipari at Kentucky, he’s more than open to it.
“It’s up to Marvel,” Allen told Nelson. “Whatever you believe you can do, you can do it. It’s not whether I can play at Kentucky, it’s how much do I believe in my God-given ability and talent. … I told him, ‘You got everything. You got the height, you got the skills, you got everything you need.’ It’s really up to him. If he believes he can do it, he can do it.”
While footage is still rather hard to come by for 2023 prospects, Allen has a few clips online showing off his impressive potential: