Idaho men's basketball coach Don Verlin received another boon to his local recruiting efforts with Trevon Allen delivered a verbal commitment to the Vandals, choosing the Moscow school over Big Sky competitors Eastern Washington.
I caught up with Allen at a Clarkston volleyball game, pulling him aside from his cheering for just a few minutes, to talk about his recent commitment to the Vandals.
Allen, a 6-2 point guard, is coming off a Washington Class 2A state championship during his junior season with Clarkston High School. He was the Great Northern League player of the year while averaging over 20 points per contest.
He made his commitment to Idaho last week following his official visit to campus.
"I talked to my family and talked to, myself, basically and went through and realized that was the school for me," Allen told me. "The fit was perfect, the coaching staff and the players they’re all really cool. Making that decision, I was confident with it. So when I VC’d (verbally committed) it was right."
He was hosted on his official visit by former Colton star Jake Straughan.
"Jake Straughan, he was my host. He's local guy and a good tie with what’s going on," Allen said. "He told me he had something going on with Eastern Washington too and said Idaho felt better ... It was a whole team thing, that was another thing. When you’re with the team and you’re clicking off the court, imagine on the court."
On the court, Allen likes Verlin's system and feels comfortable with the methodical style of offense the eighth-year coach likes to run at Idaho.
"They run quite a few plays, you got to run plays in order to play basketball so it’s part of the game. I think I can make it work and I’m excited to be with it," Allen said.
Allen will come in as a combo guard, capable of playing both point guard and shooting guard. In recent years it's a role players such as Mike McChristian, , Sekou Wiggs and current Idaho guard Perrion Callandret have played. Straughan, coming off of his redshirt year, is also expected to transition to being a combo type guard after previously being listed at the point.
Allen believes point guard may be his ultimate landing spot in Moscow.
"They got me listed right now as kind of a one and two, I can play combo guard, both positions," Allen said. "I think toward the end of my college career I can continue playing and I think I might switch to just point guard due to height. I’d love to play both of them because I like to shoot and run the show."