"I'm thrilled that Geoffrey has decided to join us at Illinois
State," Muller said. "Geoffrey is in a unique situation. He sat out
last year after having shoulder surgery. He is fully healed and has
spent the past year working out. Geoffrey is a kid with a lot of
potential who can really shoot and has very good athleticism. He
comes from a great family and grew up around basketball. I think his
upside is enormous."
Allen played 20 games at Eastern Washington during the 2010-11
season but was hampered with a season-long wrist injury. He
averaged 2.2 points per game while averaging 10.7 minutes per
contest. At the end of the campaign, Allen suffered a torn labrum in
his right shoulder. Allen rehabbed the shoulder over a six-month
period but did not attend Eastern Washington or any other
institution. He will have to sit out the 2012-13 season at Illinois
State due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of
"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to play for Coach Muller
at Illinois State," Allen said. "I'm more of a slasher, and I like to
get other people open. I like to knock down the open 3-point
shot or penetrate the hole and open up the floor for my teammates.
A product of Pacific Hills High School, Allen averaged 13.5 points,
7.2 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 1.6 blocked shots and 1.5 assists per game
during his senior season. He led the Bruins to a 20-12 overall
record and a 9-1 mark in the Southern Section. Allen posted a
25-point scoring game during his final season and also added a
24-point, seven-rebound and eight-steal performance.
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As a junior at Crenshaw High School, Allen averaged 10.2 points,
4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He helped lead his school
to a 20-4 finish, including a quarterfinal appearance in the
City Section Division I playoffs.
Allen is the son of Lucius Allen, a former UCLA and NBA star
who helped UCLA win three NCAA championships in the
mid-1960s, including the 1966-67 squad that finished 30-0. He
went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA, playing for Seattle,
Milwaukee, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Kansas City.
news release received from Todd Kober, associate athletics
director, athletics communications, Illinois State University]