The Boise State men’s basketball team landed a big replacement for Ryan Watkins on Monday night in a verbal commitment from 6-foot-10 center, Kevin Allen.

“It felt like a perfect fit for me,” Allen said. “Coach Rice showed a lot more interest in me than the other schools and they play at a very high level.”

Allen spent his freshman year for the 2012-2013 season at Jackson Community College in Michigan where he average 8.8 points and pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game in 13 contests.

The Ecorse High School (Detroit, Mich.) graduate then transferred to Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan. for the 2013-2014 season where he averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 31 appearances.

In a loss in the first round of the NJCAA Tournament this year, Allen poured in 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in a 68-65 loss to Trinity Valley Community College.

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this my whole life,” Allen said. “I just needed someone to give me a chance.”

Allen will have big shoes to fill, as the Broncos will lose Second-Team All-Mountain West forward Ryan Watkins who became the first Mountain West player to score over 200 points and grab over 200 rebounds in
conference play.

Allen can officially sign with the Broncos on April 16.

Steen has been all about sports since he could walk. Currently, he’s an avid golfer. Steen is currently the assistant sports editor for The Arbiter, and has been a sports writer since fall 2012. Steen is majoring in communication with an emphasis in media studies to work in public relations. He will graduate in December 2014. Steen feels Boise State sports have done wonders for putting Boise on the map. Steen is also a Twitter addict, so follow him on Twitter @michaelsteen2.