BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Former Western Washington University men’s basketball guard John Allen will have tryouts this week with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.
Last Tuesday, the 6-foot-1 Allen had a workout with Portland. The NBA draft is Thursday, June 27. No Viking has ever played in the NBA.
Allen helped WWU to a NCAA Division II national championship in 2012 and the national semifinals in 2013. Recently he was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference and WWU co-Male Athlete of the Year.
Allen scored 1,480 points, seventh among WWU leaders, during his three-year career after transferring from Washington State. That is the most by any Viking competing for less than four years. He also finished 12th in assists with 348, 14th in steals with 157 and his 89.4 percent free-throw percentage was a school record. Allen also recorded 30 or more points in a game seven times, two short of the school standard.
As a senior, Allen was named to three All-America teams, being a first-team Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times choice and a third-team Daktronics pick. He also was named Daktronics West Region Player of the Year and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Allen averaged 17.1 points and 4.1 assists per game, both team-leading figures, and had 27 double-figure scoring games.
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