Immanuel Allen has seemed to find his comfort zone on the court.  The 2018 G/F spent the first few years of his high school career playing for Lakeridge High in Portland, Oregon where he would become one of the top players in the state.  This past summer he would relocate to Arizona and join Shadow Mountain High School to play for Coach Mike Bibby and quickly help them become one of the top basketball teams in the country.  While some players may have needed more time to adjust, Allen stepped on the floor right away and was an immediate impact.

Standing at 6’5 and just around 200 lbs., at times Allen seems to be a man playing amongst boys.  Physically he is almost impossible to guard one and one and commands constant double teams.  He can score from various points on the floor and even developed the ability to knock down the three balls on a more consistent basis.  He also brings with his game a 40-inch vertical which constantly makes opponents victims of his high-flying dunks.  He has a natural feel around the basket and uses his upper body strength to finish at the rim with either hand.  The main focus last summer where he spent countless hours in the gym was developing his mid-range jumper which has set him from other players this season.  

Defensively he can guard almost any position on the floor at the high school level.  He is quick enough to stay in front of guards on the perimeter and his size and athleticism allows him to go in the paint and guard bigger players in the post.  His quick leaping ability allows him to block shots and set up teammates for easy transition plays, and also cause easy turnovers with deflections and steals by playing passing lanes.  His ability to rebound the basketball is probably one his most prized attributes.  He has a natural feel for the ball and is fundamentally sound in terms of boxing out and using his upper body strength to secure the ball.  He is not turnover prone, and constantly is making plays on the court to make his team better each night.  He is currently still on the board for 2018 and many programs are taking notice to land the special talent. 

This past travel season Allen competed for the Portland Basketball Club in the EYBL and had a solid circuit run that landed him offers from Pepperdine, Cal, Santa Clara, USC, and Princeton.  He is off to a terrific season thus far at Shadow Mountain and this list should only grow before he makes his final decision later this spring.