Tech Lands Second DeMatha Star

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Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg landed his third verbal commitment for the 2006 recruiting class, from another very good DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) prospect. 6-7, 215-pound Jeff Allen, who is an athletic, aggressive player who is active around the basket, has verballed to the Hokies.

“Yes, that’s true,” DeMatha head coach Mike Jones confirmed when asked if Jeff had committed to Virginia Tech.

Why did Allen commit to the Hokies?

“The proximity to the DC area,” Jones said. “It’s far enough away, but close enough so he can come home. There’s a good tradition of DeMatha kids going there and doing well…in a lot of sports, especially football. Nigel [Munson] already having committed to them helped. He just believes he gets along with the coaches real well and it’s a perfect fit for him.”

As a junior last season, Allen, a 3-star prospect by and, averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds before being sidelined for nine games with a cracked kneecap. He averaged a double-double as a sophomore as well.

“He just plays hard all the time,” Jones said. “He’s in great shape – always has been – and he’s able to play at a high level for longer periods of time than most people. So he’s a great athlete who plays as hard as he can.”

Allen is athletic enough to play a guard position, but is an excellent small forward. On the next level, “I think he’ll be a true 3 in the ACC,” Jones said.

Allen committed to the Hokies this past weekend, when he made his second unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. He joins teammate Nigel Munson and Franklin County (Rocky Mount, VA) forward Lewis Witcher as commitments for the 2006 class. Allen also received interest from Clemson, Georgia, Miami and Syracuse, among others.