“I started doing better, but I didn’t hire an agent at first because I wasn’t sure it was the right time for me to come out,” Allen said. “After talking to people who knew NBA people, it felt like the right time for me.”
Allen has since hired an agent and will remain in the draft.
The Hawks have three selections in the draft, including No. 19 overall in the first round.
Allen attended the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago last month. He measured a 7-5 1/4 wingspan, a 9-1 1/2 standing reach, a 31 1/2-inch no-step vertical and a 35 1/2-inch max vertical. Allen was one of the players assigned to the Hawks for an interview at the combine. He got added time with the organization in Atlanta.
“They were telling me they try to play with the new basketball game,” Allen said. “It’s not really super into the post. They are just trying to find people who can play in the new age. Me being more athletic, it helps me being able to run out. I can guard the pick-and-roll better than most bigs because I can move my feet. I feel like I can have a pretty decent back-to-the-basket and face-up game.
“I think I fit in me. I think me being as mobile and as athletic as I am, I think I will fit in fine.”
The Hawks like to have big men on the roster who can stretch the floor and make outside shots. Last season the team featured Paul Millsap, Mike Muscala and Ersan Illyasova as big men who could make 3-pointers. All three are unrestricted free agents this summer. That’s a part of his game that Allen knows he needs continued improvement.
“I know my shot is definitely developing more,” Allen said. “In working out, I’ve been able to knock down the 3-pointer. It’s definitely the way the NBA is going. Five men are having to step out and shoot the 3. For me to strive in the NBA, that is something I’m going to have to add to my game.”
Draft Express has Allen ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect in the draft. Mock drafts by various outlets have Allen going anywhere between No. 12 and No. 19 (to the Hawks).
“Really, for me, I don’t mind the draft position,” Allen said. “It’s just how I develop when I get to the city I go to.”