Top 25 Marcus Allen updates recruitment; talks Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, and more

On3 imageby:Jamie Shaw06/12/23


Marcus Allen is the No. 22 ranked player in the recent 2024 On3 150 update. The 6-foot-6 wing is the Florida Rebels third-leading scorer at 10.4 points and second-leading rebounder at 4.5 rebounds on Nike’s EYBL Circuit.

“Spring has been going really well,” Allen told On3. “I’ve picked up a lot of new schools because I’ve been playing really well. My shot-making ability has really picked up. I still play hard, and defense comes first for me, but I’ve shot the ball.”

Allen started this season for the national top-25 ranked Chandler (AZ) AZ Compass, prior to announcing after the season he would be transferring home to Miami (FL) Norland High. On3 caught up with four-star Marcus Allen after a recent live viewing to talk recruiting.

Allen talks visits

“I’ve taken two official visits to Miami and Missouri,” Allen said.

Miami: “My relationship with them continues to grow. They’re still the hometown school, and it’s where I’m from. So now, with me going back to Miami (FL) Norland High, I’m sure it’ll keep growing.”

Missouri: “My relationship started with Coach (Dennis) Gates, and Coach CY (Charleton Young) started back in the eighth grade. We’re always going to have that bond.”

“I’m not sure what other visits I’m going to take right now,” Allen said. “I’m going to have to sit down with my mom and go through everything.”

Allen talks recruiting

UConn, Michigan, and Ohio State are all talking to me about visits,” Allen said. “My most recent offer is from Creighton.”

UConn: “You know, I mean, they’re national champions. They develop their wings there, getting them to the next level. I’ve been watching a lot of film on them. They’re very wing heavy, guard heavy. They let them rock out, and I like that.”

Michigan: “The relationship I have with Coach Juwan (Howard). He’s just a really good dude, really down to earth, a good dude to talk to outside of basketball. You know a Coach Howard team is going to play hard, especially on the defensive end, and that fits how I play too.”

Creighton: “They’re a good program; make it to the tournament. They really develop their wings, so I’ve been tuning in a lot.”

Ohio State: “I have a great relationship with Coach (Jon) Diebler and Coach (Chris) Holtmann. I’m basically talking with them because of how much I like those two. They had Brice (Sensabaugh) and Malaki (Branham) for the last two years, both wings. They’re both mid-range heavy, which I feel like I am too. They like me because I am a two-way player, and I feel like I could fit into that.”

In his words

“I don’t have a time frame at all right now,” Marcus Allen said. “I’ll figure that out when I sit down with my mom. Hopefully, I’ll sign early, but I’m not going to rush that process.

“I want to go somewhere that fits how I play, in a system that fits what I do. The relationship with the coach is going to be big for me. I know I’m going to have to work, but I want the opportunity to contribute early. I know also that as a freshman, it’s not going to always be easy, so I want to play for a coach that will be there for me to help me in that journey.”