Jarrett Allen is an American professional basketball center player affiliated with the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jarrett completed his college career with the University of Texas Texas’ Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team before being called up by the Nets as 22nd overall in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft.
During his time there, he was a pick and roll finisher with great potential as he was able to perform up to 68 percent of his attempts at the basket for the Longhorns. In addition, the rising star is also a gold medal winner with the U18 national team of the United States. He led the team to victory at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 5-0 record. Learn more about him below.
Jarrett Allen Biography
Jarrett Allen was born on April 21, 1998, in San Diego, California. He was born the son of Leonardo Allen Sr. and his wife Cheryl Allen. His parents are of African-American descent; his father is a manager at Dell and he is also a former basketball player who played internationally in the Spanish Basketball League. He has an older brother named Leonardo Jr. who also played basketball in Division I.
Growing up, Jarrett began playing basketball in the seventh grade; later he attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. There he started his basketball career. During his high school career, Allen won two SPC championships with the St. Stephen’s basketball team. He also played in the McDonald’s All-American Boys Game in 2016, and at the end of his high school career, Allen became involved with the University of Texas.
When he joined the Texas Longhorns basketball team in 2016, Allen averaged 8.4 rebounds and 13.4 points per game. Although the Longhorns had a disappointing season, Allen had a significant impact on the team. His best game was against the Kansas Jayhawks, where he scored 19 rebounds and 22 points per game. At the end of his rookie year in 2017, Allen was appointed to the Big-12 All American Rookie Team and the All-Conference Third Team.
In the same year, Jarrett Allen joined the United States U18 team that competed in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile. He led the team to win the gold medal, while he averaged 9.0 rebounds and 10.6 points in the five games of the competition. Similarly, he led the U.S. Junior National Select Team to triumph over the World Select Team at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, and after his remarkable performances, Allen was considered a top prospect for the NBA draft. He also decided to give up the remaining three years of his college career to enter the NBA Draft in 2017.
NBA Career and Stats
Jarrett Allen was invited to the 2017 NBA Scout combine harvester trials, where the youngster showed an impressive performance, making him one of the top prospects for the 2017 draft. He was later selected by the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball League. Allen was the 22nd overall selection in the first round of the draft. He signed his contract as a rookie with the Nets in July 2017.
On October 20, 2017, at the age of 19, the youngster made his first professional appearance for the Nets. He was the second player behind Derrick Favors to make his professional debut with the Brooklyn Nets. By the end of the game, Allen had two rebounds, one block, and nine points. In January 2018, he made the leap into the squad, and with 12 rebounds and 16 points in a 116-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he recorded the first highlight of his career. In the match against the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2018, he managed five rebounds, one block, and 20 points.
In March 2018 Allen improved his game and reached the high point of his career with six rebounds, four blocks, and 9 points in the 111-105 defeat against the Charlotte Hornets. Jarrett Allen finished his rookie season with an average of 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Jarrett Allen Height and Weight
Jarrett Allen is a fast-rising and dynamic player; he is a good shot blocker and has great potential as a defender. He doesn’t drift to the sidelines or play outside his game; you could say he’s a hard-working guy with athleticism and good instincts. Allen has great size and length. He stands at a height of 2.11 m (6 feet 11 inches) and also has a corresponding body weight of 106 kg (234 lbs). His characteristic feature is his afro hairstyle and gangly nature.