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Tech Lands Second DeMatha Hoops Star for 2006
by Will Stewart,

When Nigel Munson and Lewis Witcher committed to the Hokies in May, it was widely thought that Virginia Tech was done with their 2006 men's basketball recruiting class. Apparently not, as the Hokies received a third commitment from a rising senior, Jeff Allen. Allen is a teammate of Munson's at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland and has pledged to join the Hokies in the fall of 2006.

Allen's commitment was confirmed by DeMatha head coach Mike Jones in an interview with TSL's Chris Horne Monday night. Jones cited VT's relative proximity to the DC area, plus the commitment of Allen's friend Munson as reasons for Allen pledging himself to the Hokies.

Allen (6-7, 215) is projected as a small forward for the Hokies. He averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds as a junior for DeMatha before being sidelined for nine games with a cracked kneecap. He averaged a double-double as a sophomore as well.

Allen is a three-star recruit by and, but he was once ranked as a four-star recruit by both services and was #96 in Rivals' Top 150. Allen is currently no longer in Rivals' Top 150, but is ranked by the service as the #35 small forward in the country. In addition to the cracked kneecap, Allen currently has a broken finger, keeping him off the AAU circuit and probably lowering his ranking.

Allen was the #74 player in Hoop Alliance's pre-summer Top 125 rankings posted on TSL. Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, Georgetown, Ohio State, Georgia and Syracuse were all said to be recruiting Allen, who has taken himself off the table early with his VT commitment.

Allen's commitment brings up the question: Where are the Hokies going to find the extra scholarship? VT will field a full team of 13 scholarships in 2005-06, and Allen Calloway and Sean Harris will graduate after that season, freeing up two more scholarships. Those scholarships will be taken by Munson and Witcher. Where will Allen's grant come from?

It's unknown at this time if the Hokies will experience some attrition, or if Allen is willing to walk on his first year. There is also the theory that rising redshirt junior Markus Sailes, who missed this past season with injury, will gradate after four years and leave the Hokies at the end of next season, freeing up a scholarship for Allen in 2006-07.

Whatever the resolution to that question, it's clear that Seth Greenberg is continuing to stock the Hokies with ACC-caliber players. For more comments from Allen's coach on his playing style and where Allen will fit in with VT, see our TSL Pass recruiting update from Chris Horne.

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