2013 Center Prospect Leonard Allen Interested in Memphis Tigers

By Patosha Jeffery
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When a basketball program has the opportunity to play the No. 6 team in the country, it can serve as a great time to bring prospects in. As the Memphis Tigers took on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, the Tigers showed off what over 18,300 fans look and sound like.

There were reports that Memphis had two official visitors at the Louisville game, signee Kuran Iverson and Round Rock (TX) 6’11 center Leonard Allen.

If you have not heard by now, Iverson, a 6’8 small forward, is the cousin of Allen Iverson. He is ranked 29th in the 2013 ESPN 100. He is considered an incredibly skilled and talented young player with guard like skills and the versatility to play four different positions on the floor.

Allen is ranked by ESPN as the 42nd center in the 2013 class.

His dad is a former four year member of the San Diego State Aztecs basketball team.  In 1985, he was the 50th player chosen in the NBA draft with the fourth pick of the Dallas Mavericks.

He was actually the fourth big man picked by the Mavericks, which lead to him playing professionally overseas.

Commercial Appeal’s John Martin had an opportunity to speak to Allen Jr. Martin reported through his Twitter account that Memphis and San Diego State are Allen’s two main schools involved in his recruitment. He plans to make his decision after officially visiting San Diego State.

Martin also reported that Allen will need time to develop. He is not a step-in-from-day-one type of player.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles.

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