A Long Road to VT for Talented Allen

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Jeff Allen committed to Virginia Tech on June 27th, 2005. At the time, he had played his previous season at DeMatha Catholic but would transfer to another prestigious prep institution – Oak Hill Academy – for 2005/2006. He is now at Hargrave Military Academy and all he needs to do is to graduate in order to qualify for Virginia Tech. Presumably, the talented forward will finally be in Blacksburg later this year.

“It seems long,” Allen said with a laugh of finally getting to Tech later this year.

By playing with and against some of the top competition in the country over the past three seasons, the versatile forward is ready to compete on the next level.

“I feel pretty prepared right now because most of the players I’ve played against are going to the ACC, so I’m going to see those guys again,” Allen said. “It’s really not going to be a big difference. The games will be fast-paced. All the players will be bigger and stronger, so that will probably be the biggest difference.”

When Allen attended DeMatha Catholic, he was about 6-6, 200 pounds or so. He is now 6-7, closer to 240 pounds, and a better player as he has improved each of the past three seasons.

“I think I got stronger, a little bit quicker from playing defense against quicker players, I finish the ball a lot and have improved my shot a little,” Allen said. “I’ve worked on everything. I pretty much just work on all of my skills – dribbling skills, shooting skills, everything like that. I don’t just want to get better in one spot.”

Allen has been a significant contributor for a 25-4 Hargrave team. He has scored double-digit points in 22 of Hargrave’s games, including seven games of 20-plus points. He has 16 games of six or more rebounds, including four double-digit rebounding efforts. He also has three games of five or more steals, including one game where he had seven.

Once at Virginia Tech, Allen is looking forward to helping the team however necessary.

“Whatever they need me to play,