Spring Showdown: Peyton Allen Scouting Video and Q&A

2014 Michigan target Peyton Allen shot the ball extremely well at the Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Ind. last weekend. Allen added an Iowa offer with his impressive performance over coaches and demonstrated his lightning quick shooting stroke and seemingly unlimited range.

A reminder that scouting videos are not highlight videos – these clips include every notable play that we caught on camera.

The first part of our event scouting report features Allen and you can also read our question and answer session with the Illinois native after the jump. 

Can you talk about your thoughts on your overall performance in your first game of the weekend?
“I thought it was pretty good. I got to the basket some. I really shot the ball well, and I played pretty good defense.”

Can you describe your game? What do you think are your biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses?
“My strengths are shooting the ball, distributing, getting in the lane and passing, seeing the floor well, and playing defense. My weakness is probably rebounding. I need to get some more boards.”

What is the No. 1 thing you are working on this spring with your AAU team?
“Probably getting stronger. Last summer, I was weak, and started to get stronger. But I still think I can get stronger. Going to the basket, I get bumped and it kind of affects me, so definitely my strength.”

What schools are recruiting you right now?
“A lot. Mississippi State, Auburn, Oklahoma – those are some new ones, but Tennessee, Xavier, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Florida.”

Are there any schools that you’re leaning toward right now?
“Nowhere yet. I’m only a sophomore. I’ve got two more years.”

Has any school offered you a scholarship yet?
“I have two offers. One from Bradley and one from Oklahoma State.” (Ed: Later in the weekend Allen added a third offer from Iowa)

Have you been in close contact with the Michigan staff? What coaches have you talked to?
“Oh yeah. I’ve taken two or three trips up there for football, and [College Practice] camp. Me and my family have gotten to know the Michigan staff really well.”

What did you think about Ann Arbor as a whole. Can you see yourself calling it home in a couple of years?
“It was nice. I liked it a lot.”

When’s the next time you’re planning on visiting Ann Arbor, and the Michigan program?
“Maybe for their [College Practice] camp this upcoming summer.”

What do you think about the basketball program at Michigan and their future, moving forward?
“I know Mitch McGary, one of the top rated power forwards in the 2012 class, is coming in. They’ve got everybody coming back, and they’ll probably be at the top of the Big Ten next year.”

Can you talk about your basketball plans for the spring and summer? Are you planning on visiting any camps?
“I think I’m going to take a trip to Iowa and Xavier, maybe Illinois. But we’re just going and seeing who wants me to come.”

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