D'Angelo Allen is one of three freshmen on campus for Tiger Basketball.
June 11, 2014
Missouri Basketball has three new freshmen on campus and mutigers.com caught up with freshman forward D'Angelo Allen. Allen (6-foot-7, 190 pounds) is from Dallas, Texas, and attended Kimball High School where he helped lead the program to four consecutive trips to the state championship game. He won his third state title as a senior in 2014 (also won in 2011 and 2012) and selected Missouri over offers from Oklahoma, Houston, Marquette and Georgetown.
As a senior, Allen averaged 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds and broke former Texas A&M star Acie Law IV's career starts record at the school. Known for his defense, Allen blocked five shots in the state semifinal win over Beaumont Central in 2014 and swatted four more shots in the finals win over Amarillo. He also chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds in the title game to earn All-Tournament honors, as well as Class 4A All-Star Team recognition from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Chat with D'Angelo Allen:
Q: What did you learn from four consecutive state title game appearances at Dallas Kimball?
DA: I learned how to win and never give up. Where I came from we had the mentality that we had to prepare to win in everything we did. Everything I did growing up, I wanted to win. Once you step on the court it's time to win. That's always been my focus."
Q: You are known for your defense. What keeps your focus on that end of the court?
DA: "Defense wins championships. You can do all the scoring in the world, but if you can't stop anyone, you are right back where you started. It can really mess with your opponent if you are scoring and they can't score on you. Before you know it, if you are getting stops, you can blow a game wide open."
Q: You played on some talented teams in high school. What was your personal key to success?
DA: "I wanted to play as soon as possible in high school and I knew defense would help me get that chance. We had some great players. Guys like Jalen Jones (Texas A&M), Jordan Williams (North Texas), Keith Frazier (SMU), guys that could really score, so I looked to make my name on the other end of the court."
Q: Where is your focus academically heading into your freshman year?
DA: "I would like to study Psychology. I really want to be a coach, so maybe something involving Sport Management. I'm looking ahead a bit, but they also have a great (positive) coaching program here and if you want to coach, be able to communicate with players and teach them how to be successful, I think those two areas would be great."
Q: You waited until May to sign, what attracted you to Missouri?
DA: "It was the chance to play in the SEC. This was a great opportunity for me. It was fresh start for everyone with Coach Anderson coming in and I liked the feeling here. I liked the staff. I liked the current group of players. It really felt like home."
Q: What's your living situation on campus?
DA: "I am living over in the residence halls and I am living with Cam (Biedscheid). He's a great guy, a really good guy to have around and show you the ropes of getting adjusted to college."
Q: What's something people may not know about Cam?
DA: "I know he sat out last year, but he can really score. He plays so hard on the offensive end and has a bunch of ways to get the ball in the hoop. His scoring ability is really strong and that helps me because I can learn from him, but also, he is fun to defend. I know he makes me better when I am guarding him."
Q: With that said, is improving on the offensive end a focus for you?
DA: "For sure. Right now I have been in the gym, just got out of there actually. I have to get up 200 makes a day. I have to improve there. I have been working on my ball-handling too. Doing the two-ball drills, doing whatever I can to help out this team. Obviously I want to get stronger. Coach Herring has us working hard. This is the time to get better."
Q: How did you get into playing basketball?
DA: "Well my older brother and sister played basketball, but I actually played more baseball and football growing up. I liked the physicality of playing football. But the summer between my eighth grade and freshman years I grew five inches (from 6-foot to 6-foot-5) and then my brother got me into playing more basketball. I was still growing and was having knee problems from growing so much, so I just focused on basketball and it worked out."
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