This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to get another viewing of DTA Elite, which is easily one of the top non-shoe circuit teams in North Carolina. They have quality coaching, a clear identity, and a roster full of scholarship-worthy prospects. At least a handful of these players should be recruited at the Division I level, which certainly includes their floor general, Anthony Allen. Last season at Independence, he shared the backcourt with guys like Raja Milton and AJ McKee, which limited his offensive touches but ultimately highlighted his ability to shine within any type of role. Fast-forward to now, and Allen is arguably playing his best basketball on either end of the floor.
Allen has always been a very well-rounded player, but now has a complete game and is starting to show flashes of two-way brilliance. Offensively, he’s a strong ball-handler, passer, and three-level scorer with the ability to thrive with or without the ball in his hands. Allen offers terrific scoring balance from all levels, yet has an absolute flamethrower from beyond the arc. He’s smart, unselfish, and knows how to play the right way. On the other end, Allen is equally as important, given the way he consistently defends the point of attack. He’s an aggressive, physical defender with quick hands and feet, which allows him to accumulate steals at an impressive rate. Allen has that patented Independence toughness and it is glaringly obvious on both ends of the floor. There’s really nothing negative to say about his game, as Allen is simply an incredibly poised, productive two-way player with high academics and a long list of leadership qualities. He should have a major breakout season with Independence this winter, but Division I coaches need to start tracking Allen immediately.