Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)

 

Measurables: 6’10”, 7’5” wingspan, 233 lbs, 19.1 years old

Strengths

  • Very nice touch on shots from 2 point range outside rim – 47.7%
  • Great finisher at rim – 71.1%
  • Inconsistent but showed flashes of great rebounding – 15.0 TRB%
  • Length helps a lot near rim, also grabbing ORBS (10.9 ORB%)
  • Solid explosiveness when he has time
  • Great extension on jump hooks combined with touch makes it very effective shot for him
  • Played a lot of PF at Texas in clogged offense, should thrive with more spacing around him
  • Decision making out of post improved as season went on (2.5 TOV/G in December/January, 1.7 in February/March)
  • Nice straight line drives against smaller defenders – keeps ball high, finishes into contact
  • Despite FT struggles has shown nice form and comfort shooting mid range shots
  • Has enough quicks/length to hang on switches
  • Effort/consistency issues can partially be chalked up to bad basketball situation at UT – forced to play 4, no wings on team

Weaknesses

  • Poor FT shooter  -56%- concerning for faceup development
  • Easily pressured into TOs – 17.8 TOV%
  • Lacks decision-making skills out on perimeter
  • Has a long way to go creating for others – 5.5 AST%
  • Effort wanes at times, particularly on glass
  • Inconsistent game overall – 4 games with 20+ pts, 3 games with 5 or less pts
  • 0-7 from 3 – has a lot of work to do to extend to NBA 3 point range
  • Shies away from contact in lane at times – 42.7% of his shots were at rim, 55.1% of shots outside rim 2 point
  • Extension and athleticism help on defense but needs to add a lot of strength, especially in post defense
  • Poor lateral quickness against wings – likely restricts him to C
  • Needs to work on staying in front of opponent in perimeter D
  • Doesn’t always play with (gigantic) arms up
  • Closeout effort needs to improve
  • PnR DIQ needs to improve -relies too much on length for recovery

Overall

  • Allen has great size and touch and is an underrated athlete. He offers a lot of upside as a rim protecting big who can rebound and finish with nice touch around the rim and in the lane. However, he needs to get smarter all around on defense, and apply more consistent effort on the boards and in off-ball defense. Allen managed to showcase his skills on a Texas squad that was a poor fit for him, as he was often forced to play in a clogged offense at power forward, when he really belongs at center. He showed improvement throughout the year, and is a nice developmental piece for a team picking in the middle of the first.

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