Boise State men’s basketball signs Kevin Allen to NLI

Boise State men’s basketball signs Kevin Allen to NLI

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Boise State men’s basketball signed their newest addition to the 2014-2015 season last week as Pratt Community College transfer Kevin Allen signed his letter of intent for the Broncos.

“We are really excited to get Kevin,” head coach Leon Rice told Bronco Sports. “He fills a need for us with size we’ve been lacking and the departure of Ryan Watkins. Kevin has tremendous upside, and with his work ethic and our system, we’re really looking forward to his development as a Bronco.”

Allen helped lead Pratt to a berth in the NJCAA Tournament earlier this year, as the Beavers were ousted in the first round. The 6-foot-10 Michigan native scored 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the first round defeat.

Allen will have big shoes to fill as he replaces former forward Ryan Watkins, who was named as a Second Team All-Mountain West player after becoming the first player in Mountain West history to score over 200 points and record over 200 rebounds in conference play during the 2013-2014 season.

“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 (the Broncos) play at a very
high level.”

After his freshman year at Jackson Community College in Michigan where he averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the 2012-2013 season, Allen transferred to Pratt in Kansas where he scored 13.4 points and pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game as a redshirt
sophomore.

Pratt will join the Broncos for the 2014-2015 season as he prepares for the Mountain West as a redshirt junior.

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

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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.