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Let’s Get To Know Jarrett Allen

Kentucky will host a very important visitor this weekend when Jarrett Allen comes to town. A 6-foot-9 power forward, Allen is the sixth-ranked power forward and the No. 21 overall player in the 247 Composite Rankings. ESPN ranks him as the No. 1 center in the class, while Rivals and Scout have him at No. 20 and 16 overall, respectively.

Top247: 28 | 9 PF
247 Composite: 21 | 6 PF
Rivals: 20 | 6 PF
ESPN: 19 | 1 C
Scout: 16 | 3 C

As we await Allen’s arrival in Lexington, let’s get to know him a little better. Who knows, he may be a Cat one day.


He is from Texas.

Allen is from Austin and attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal High School.

He’s a quiet guy.

Unlike most elite high school prospects these days, Allen doesn’t crave the attention that players of his caliber are bombarded with. You won’t find him doing a lot of talking during his recruitment. He’s not begging for retweets and Instagram likes from fans.

He’s a strictly business guy, carefully weighing his options and playing his cards close to his vest.

He is considering eight schools.

Kentucky, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas made the cut when Allen announced his list of eight back in September.

He visited Houston last weekend, Kansas the weekend before that.

This weekend’s trip to Lexington will be Allen’s third consecutive official visit. Last weekend he was in nearby Houston to check out the Cougars and what Kelvin Sampson (yes, that Kelvin Sampson) has to offer. Following the visit, Allen told, “It was good, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the school… I really liked the feel of the school community wise, the coaching staff, and the new facilities that they are building.”

Prior to his trip to H-Town, Allen took an official visit to Kansas. He recently said he is considering the Jayhawks as much as any other school.

His first official visit was to Notre Dame.

He will have one more visit to take after Kentucky.

He congratulated Wenyen Gabriel when Gabriel committed to UK.

Future teammates, maybe?

His favorite snack is Honey Maid graham crackers. 


He is one of the best post players in the country.

ESPN Recruiting calls him “a long athletic and mobile post player that is oozing with potential.”

“He runs the floor extremely well and has good hands and feet. Allen finishes above the rim when he receives drop off passes created by dribble penetration. He is a good area rebounder, shot blocker, contest shots in an out of his area and does a nice job working to deny the low post. Allen simply competes on both ends of the floor.” [ESPN]

Watch him work:



Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Let’s Get To Know Jarrett Allen

  1. JON
    12:06 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Judging by his personality and his list of schools and visits so far, I would be very surprised he picks UK.

    • LOL!!
      12:16 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      You must not follow UK basketball very much, especially when it comes to recruiting. 😉

    • JON
      12:19 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Know more than you wish you could know. A quiet kid that has Houston and Notre Dame as visits so far and doesn’t like attention. You must be an idiot.

    • Um..what?
      12:51 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      He also visited Kansas, genius. I’m sure he got tons of attention there. You sound like the idiot, not LOL

  2. Winston
    12:27 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s hope he doesn’t get our logo mixed up with Houston’s when he picks.

    We’re the BLUE H, by the way.

  3. john wall
    12:32 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Can he stop Giles is the question…

  4. ReverendBlue
    12:39 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    His game reminds me of Dakari Johnson.

  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:43 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    He just looks like a guy that would play at Kansas or UNC…..

  6. 54
    1:50 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Allen is a good player but much more of a “work in progress” than SKJ, Gabriel or Giles. Likely, a 2 or 3 year player. If we miss on Giles (highly likely) Marcus Lee will likely start at PF if he chooses to stay.

  7. Nick
    2:13 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    crystal ball on 24/7 has UK now leader instead of Texas

    • Bryan
      2:29 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Not according to JON, though…. 😉

  8. Stives
    5:00 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah because the crystal ball was right on all of the players last class