The Northern Michigan coaching staff continuously watched the Chapman Basketball Academy 2024 team all spring and summer and this has continued to pay dividends. First, they landed a commitment from Michael McNabb back in July. Now, they have landed a commitment from his CBA teammate in Isaiah Allen. 

The versatile 6’4” guard of Milwaukee Lutheran High School, has been one of the most improved guards in Wisconsin’s 2024 class over the past year. He chose Northern Michigan over his other scholarship offer coming from Winona State. As well he had interest from a few other division two programs. Northern Michigan got involved early in the recruitment of Allen offering him in October of last year. 

There were factors on and off the court that came in to play in the decision for Allen. “I loved the campus and the school,” he first said about his decision. “I love how there’s good amount of Wisconsin players on the current roster. Coach Matt (Majkrzak) has believed and trusted me before I entered junior year and I have loved what he has done with the program. I feel it’s the best fit for me and I feel I’m the best fit for them.”

Another factor in the commitment was once again being able to team up with Michael McNabb. “I’ve known Mike since fourth grade and playing with him these last two years have been great and the idea of running it back in college was just too good.”

On his future playing at Northern Michigan, Allen sees himself being a “huge factor.” Detailing it as “with the fact I’m a pass first player, I can rebound, hold great defense. I can score anytime I want so whatever he needs me to do, I’ll be able to and more.”