August 12, 2011

Peyton Allen Impressed by DePaul

Class of 2014 guard Peyton Allen has a long way to go until he makes a decision on his college future, but he already likes what he sees at DePaul.

"I really like DePaul-all the coaches and players talk to me and talk very high of me," Allen said. "I also like that they're in the Big East, which is the best conference in the country."

The native of Chatham, Ill. made a point to go on an unofficial visit to the DePaul campus before the team headed to France on a 10-day road trip. The 6-foot-5 prospect enjoyed his time on campus at a school that has shown a good deal of interest in him, but did not receive an offer from the coaching staff. His lone Division 1 scholarship offer came from Bradley.

The Glenwood High School sophomore is a main contributor on the talented Illinois Wolves' 15-U team, but his time was reduced a bit this summer by injuries. The rising prospect, though, has continued to receive interest from a number of high major programs including Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas State, West Virginia, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

With Allen still getting more acclimated to the recruiting process, he has not had enough time to truly evaluate all the schools that have shown interest in him. He is not willing to label a favorite.

"Right now, I like every school and don't have a favorite," Allen said.

Allen is aware of recruits making their college decisions earlier in their high school careers, but prefers a wait-and-see approach.

"I'm really young still, and have a lot more to go through," Allen said. "I'm not sure when I'll make the decision, but when I do make it I know it will be the right school and system for me."

Allen already knows what the right school and system need to have for him to consider going there.

"What I'm looking for in a college is a great program that both wins and has great coaches and players," Allen said. "I think that is a key to winning-great players to surround yourself with and great coaches to help you get better every day."

DePaul has not won much in recent years, but the team features a head coach in Oliver Purnell that has proven to be a solid developer of talent. Allen has only scratched the surface of his potential thus far, and has a skill-set that projects him to be a strong collegiate player.

Allen has the poise and perimeter shooting ability that college teams covet. Allen does not have the noticeable athletic ability that several DePaul prospects have, but has the size and scoring ability DePaul has been seeking.

The high school season begins in less than three months. Allen already has identified individual and team goals that he would like to see get accomplished.

"I would really like to get better at everything, including my defense," Allen said. "Team-wise, I think we have a shot to win conference, win regionals and get even farther than that!"

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