Harvard lands Allen

Noah Allen

Harvard is on the board again in 2013, this time landing a commitment from a talented small forward in Noah Allen.

In March, Harvard made waves in the recruiting world when it became the first Ivy League school to land a Scout.com Top 100 commitment in Zena Edosomwan.

Add another quality player to Harvard's 2013 recruiting class, as 6-foot-6, 185-pound, Salinas (Calif.) Palma small forward Noah Allen has committed to the Crimson, pending admissions.

Allen turned down offers from St. Mary's, Colorado, San Diego State, Washington State, Utah, Yale, Penn, Brown, Rice, Santa Clara and U.C. Davis in choosing Harvard.

"Harvard is Harvard," Allen said. "Education wise it's the number one school in the world and the basketball program is very good. I had a lot of offers but I value education."

The Harvard coaching staff played a big role in convincing Allen, who has a 3.9 GPA, that it was the right fit for him academically and athletically.

"They flat out said they wanted me and you want to go somewhere you're wanted," Allen said. "My relationship with coach Yanni (Hufnagel) and coach (Tommy) Amaker is really strong. They're both really good guys."

According to Bay Area Hoosiers co-founder Rob Jones and coach Philippe Doherty, there were no shortage of reasons for Allen to choose Harvard.

"I think for Noah, the biggest thing is that he really wanted the best of both worlds," Jones said. "He wanted to play good basketball and also a great education. After talking to coach Amaker, they are in the Ivy League, but the schedule they are going to play and the ability to consistently make the tournament, they think they can play with anybody."

"The choice of Harvard is much more than basketball," added Doherty. "Sometimes kids don't take the time to figure out where they can have the most impact. I think he's going to have an immediate impact at Harvard even though Harvard recruits high major kids.

"I've had players play for coach Amaker and I know he's going to get the most out of Noah. I think Harvard got a steal but it's the right fit because Harvard recruits really good basketball players."

Jones feels the addition of Allen is a big one for Harvard.

"What Harvard is getting is a really skilled player as a guard, but also a nightmare matchup at the three position as well," Jones said. "He'll rebound really well for his position, and he'll take players off the dribble and create stuff for himself and his teammates."

"Noah's weaknesses 15 month ago are now his strengths," says Doherty. "He's come a long way. He rebounds, he's tough and he does all the little things to help his team win. His maturity has really grown and it's shown in his game."

With Allen on board, Harvard is now working on some others - such as guards Marcus and Malcolm Allen - to complete its 2013 recruiting class.

"I want to win and I know we're putting together a pretty big recruiting class," Allen said. "We have Zena and we're trying to get Marcus Allen and Malcolm Allen from Las Vegas. Hopefully we'll get that done."

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