Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Introducing 2014 Prospect Peyton Allen

Although some recruitments in the 2014 class have taken off, like that of Devin Booker, Keita Bates-Diop, and Trevon Bluiett, there have been others that have been more quiet.  One of those has been Peyton Allen.  A good amount of schools are currently looking at Allen, but he hasn't received many offers and the only one he's received from a Big Ten school has been Iowa.  Similarly, he hasn't appeared on many fan's radar until very recently.  Despite this, his recruitment with Michigan is beginning to take shape.  There is no doubt that he won't be the most hyped recruit or prospect in Michigan's 2014 recruiting class, but he could still be a solid pick-up for a team that seems to take in a few "underperformers" every year.

Like most of Beilein's recruits, Allen is called a "great" shooter and has a good basketball IQ.  Along with this, he describes his best attributes as "distributing, getting into the lane, and passing".  For a point guard, those would seem required skills, but the major thing that seems to separate Allen from other players is his impressive knowledge and feel for the game.  These accompanied with his impressive size (6'5" as a freshman in high school) and improving defense should make him a good player in the 2014 class.  The one area that could probably use some work is his rebounding, but as a point guard, that's probably to be expected.  If he can improve this, get a little stronger, and possibly even grow a little more, his rankings will probably sky rocket.

Here are the basic listings for Allen:


ESPN
Future150
Height
N/A
6’5”
6'3"
6’4”
N/A
Weight
N/A
180 lbs
175 lbs
190 lbs
N/A
Position
N/A
SG
SG
SG
N/A
Rating
NR
NR
2*
NR
NR
Position Rank
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
National Rank
NR
NR
#75+
NR
NR


Just a glance at the chart above should show the problem with these rankings.  There just isn't a lot of information out there on Allen yet.  Over the next few months, there will probably be a lot more, especially now that some of the bigger programs like Michigan and Wisconsin are recruiting him, but for now, there just isn't a ton out there.  He's somewhere around 6'5" and weighs around 180 lbs, but his position also seems up for debate.  I strongly believe he will be a point guard in the college game, but the scouting services believe he's a shooting guard at this point.  Scout is also pretty rough with their 2* ranking.  I think he's much better than a 2* ranking, but it could easily improve with more evaluation.

Right now, Michigan is in very good position with Allen.  They haven't offered him at this point and probably won't for awhile, but the staff has been in contact with him regularly and he has been on campus numerous times in the past several months.  Along with this, he's planning on coming to Michigan again, which should only help Michigan's chances.  He's spoken very highly of Michigan and has even talked about how he knows Mitch McGary and knows about Michigan's likely success next season in the Big Ten.

It's way too early to make a commitment prediction on Allen or where he will actually end up in updated rankings, but this is one I feel good about.  If Michigan offers him anytime soon, I can't help but think he will end up in Ann Arbor.  However, with Iowa's recent recruiting success and rebuilding program, they could actually make a run in this, especially since they've already offered Allen.  Regardless, this is a recruitment that should pick up in the following months and could be one to follow closely.

Here's his highlight video:

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