Soft shooting touch combined with solid post moves make him a mobile offensive threat ... Found a comfort zone when moved into the middle on January 13 against Boston College...Superb shot blocker ... Consistently knocks down the 15 foot faceup jumper ... Improved rebounder.
1998-99: Emerged as a consistent low-post presence for the Wildcats ... Started every contest and reached double figures on 20 occasions ... Second Team All Big Five selection ... Averaged 11.2 ppg and team-leading 6.3 rpg ... Finished third on the Big East blocked shots chart with 71, an average of 2.2 bpg ... Ranked seventh on the Big East free throw percentage list with a mark of .794 ... His best games of the season came when Villanova needed him most ... He scored 19 points in the Wildcats first round NCAA Tournament loss to Ole Miss ... His basket with less than two minutes left in regulation put the Wildcats ahead for good in 66-60 victory over St. John's ... He ended that day (Feb. 27) with 14 points and 11 rebounds ... Tallied 15 points in 33 minutes during important late-season victory over Pennsylvania ... Established new career high in points on three different occasions, the last coming on Feb. 20, when he scored 25 at the Pavilion against Providence ... Set new career high for blocks in Jan. 16 victory over Notre Dame at the First Union Center ... Made the switch to center from power forward on Jan. 13, sliding over from power forward with Brooks Sales moving into Allen's old spot in the starting lineup ... Thrived in a February showdown against Rutgers, scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds ... Authored a dominant early season performance against West Virginia on Dec. 12 ... Rang up 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and holding Mountaineer standout Marcus Goree in check as 'Cats recorded their initial Big East win of the campaign ... Blocked 20 shots in final six games of the campaign (3.2 bpg) ... Connected on .564 of his attempts from the field ... Was perfect from the free throw line against schools from the state of Massachusetts, draining 8-of-8 against UMass on Dec. 15 and Jan. 13 against Boston College ... Now sits in fifth place on Villanova's all-time blocked shots list with 71 ... Saw less than 30 minutes of action only once in his club's last 10 games and that absence was owed to foul trouble which limited him to 22 minutes in Feb. 13 loss at St. John's ... Recorded career high in assists with five in season opening victory over George Mason at the Pavilion ... Chalked up three double-doubles on the campaign, vs. West Virginia, Providence and St. John's.
1997-98: Started every Villanova game but one ... Missed start at UConn due to a stomach virus ... Averaged 8.3 ppg and a team-best 5.8 rpg ... Third on the team in scoring ... Ranked fifth in the Big East in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) in overall games ... Ranked sixth in blocks in league-only contests (1.4 bpg) ... Posted double figures in scoring 10 times ...Led the team in scoring four times, rebounding nine times and blocked shots 12 times ... Posted 20 points versus UConn, his highest scoring total since BC (career-high 21) on Dec. 30, 1997 ... Hit six-of-nine from the field and tied a career-high with eight-of-eight foul shooting ... Had four points in the final two minutes versus Miami in The Pavilion to help Villanova to the win ... Had eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots versus Boston College in The Pavilion, including one in the overtime period ... Scored a career-high 21 points versus Boston College on the road on nine-for-11 shooting, personal-bests for percentage and made and attempted field goals ... Registered 17 points in the second half of the game, including nine in the final six minutes ... Second double-double of the season versus Hofstra with 16 points and 10 boards ... Tremendous performance against Duke, registering a then career-high 17 points and personal-best 16 rebounds, both game-high numbers ... His 16 boards was the most by a Wildcat since March 17, 1995, when Jason Lawson had 17 against Old Dominion ... Posted 16 points against Georgetown in the MCI Center to go with a game-high eight rebounds ... Converted a career-high eight-for-eight from the foul line against the Hoyas, including four in the final 1:06 to put Villanova up by four and help secure the win.
1996-97: Played in 33 Villanova contests ... Missed Georgetown game due to a stomach virus ... 2.0 ppg and 2.9 rpg ... Posted first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Penn ... Fifth on the team in rebounding ... Averaged 10.8 minutes per game ... Played in 17 Big East Conference games, averaging 2.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg.
SHAWNEE HIGH SCHOOL
Two-time South Jersey and Burlington County Player of the Year ... All-State competitor ... Career leader in rebounding and blocked shots at Shawnee ... Guided Shawnee to two New Jersey Tournament of Champions runner-up appearances, three Group IV state titles and four South Jersey Group IV championships ... Parade Magazine honorable mention All-America as a senior ... Magic Roundball Classic participant.
Enrolled in the school of Arts and Sciences ... Born 6/27/78 ... The son of Tracey Allen ... Coached by Joe Kessler at Shawnee High School ... Spent time this summer participating in the famed Pete Newell Basketball Camp for Big Men held in northern California.
Year GP-GS FGM-A FG% 3FG-A 3FG% FTM-A FT% O D TOT PF PTS A BL TO ST MN 1996-97 31/0 24-51 .471 0-0 .000 19-45 .422 40 56 96 (2.9) 48-0 67 (2.0) 13 18 21 5 357 1997-98 29/28 91-194 .469 0-0 .000 58-80 .725 63 105 168 (5.8) 87-5 240 (8.3) 22 40 53 19 715 1998-99 32/32 136-241 .564 0-0 .000 85-107 .794 68 133 201 (6.3) 88-3 357 (11.2) 31 71 56 25 887 TOTALS 92/60 251-486 .516 0-0 .000 162-232 .698 171 161 465 223-8 664 66 129 130 49 1959