Yet, there was a great individual performance from the seemingly unlikely St. Louis native, senior guard Corey Allen Jr. At 6’1″ and only a listed 152 lbs., Allen scorched the Titans with 26 of the Bulls’ 57 point output. In going 10-of-16 from the floor, 4-of-7 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, Allen scored in every way imaginable-often in glaringly spectacular ways.
Among, his ten eye-opening FG’s were a pull up trey from the right corner after a very hard drive (one rarely sees this bucket), a very, very deep trey from the left wing vs. a zone, a driving jump hook in the lane, a sweet layup in heavy traffic after a baseline drive and a run out dunk. His other five FG’s were almost as impressive.
One would assume that at his slight stature, Allen would be the primary ballhandler for South Florida, but rather, he spends most of his time off the ball in new coach Orlando Antigua’s sets, while capable Anthony Collins runs the show out front. To be clear, Allen who averaged 9 ppg last season after playing two seasons at Mt San Antonio JC (CA) would be just as comfortable and effective at the point as he is a load off the bounce and a great passer.
For good measure, Allen added six rebounds, two assists and two steals and for the season is shooting, .568, .464 and .778 while averaging 17.1 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 3.1 apg, and 1.5 spg. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that this Bulls’ team doesn’t give Allen a lot of help and he’s targeted every night.
While Allen’s name doesn’t appear on any mock drafts, watch lists or rankings, folks who pay players to play everywhere should pay attention to this small, but very accomplished player.
While being overshadowed a bit in his home gym, Juwan Howard Jr. (son of) a 6’5″ redshirt senior wing, scored 16 points to lead the Titans while battling some early foul trouble and playing only 27 minutes. Howard and his teammates will get another crack at national attention next Saturday when they host the #8 Wichita State Shockers at Calihan Hall.
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