John Allen(Defense Is My Best Quality And I Help Teams In A Lot Of Ways That Don´t Always Show With Stats)

John Allen is a 29 year old 196 cm shooting guard/small forward who  played for  Anwil Wloclawek (Poland) last season playing 38 games: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 76.7%; VTB League: 3 games: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 25.0%. He is a a swingman who can be a huge problem for lots of defenses; can deliver some driving dunks and also display a deft shooting touch from the perimeter; and this double dimension make him a very tough player to guard. He comes from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He went to Seton Hall from 2001-2005 and was a very important player in his time there. He never averaged less than 11,4ppg in his four years. His most productive season was the 2002-2003 season where he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg. He took no time resting a few months after graduation and in May signed with the New Jersey Flyers  of the USBL playing  21 games and averaging 21.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 39.0%, FT: 73.8%. He then went to Finland for the 2005-2006 season playing for Kouvolan Kouvot playing 44 games and averaging 19.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.9%. In 2006-2007, he went to Israel to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan playing  27 games and averaging 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 81.5%. In 2007-2008, he had his first tenure with The New York Phantoms Braunschweig playing 34 games and averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4%. In 2008-2009, he played in France for Strassburg playing 31 games and averaging 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 84.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for  New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2009-2010 he played for  New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2010-2011, he played for  Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 20 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.4%, try-out, in Jan.’11 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 19 games: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Its already October John and your still without a team. How surprised are you that you are still basketball jobless?

I am am a little surprised because I have played well in many countries, but its up to coaches and sport directors so I just have be patient.

Is it that the offers aren´t coming in or that your being more selective waiting for that perfect situation to arise?

I am being more selective

You played 2 and half seasons in Germany. What memories do you have most about playing there?

The German league was always professional, that is what I remember, the teams in the league were really professional and the fans in the league are always passionate about their teams!

Last season you played for Anwil Wloclawek in Poland and averaged 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg. Was Poland no option to return to being that you had a solid season there?

Yes Poland was a option but I didnt like the offers that I had

What could you learn from ex NBA player Lorinza Harrington who is your size on the court?

Lorinza was always professional and always came to practice ready to work

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?

I am a team player. I help teams in a lot of ways that dont always show with stats

Frankfurt needs some help at the shooting guard position. You could really help them with your experience. How much would you like to play for them?

I think that any player would like to play for the Skyliners they are a great organization and have a lot of history

You are a swingman. How could you help the Fraport Skyliners most at the shooting guard position?

I could bring a lot of experience and do whatever is needed to help the team win

What is your most prized basketball ability that would entice any head coach to sign you right away?

Defense is my best quality and last season I was defensive player of the year and I take a lot of pride in it

The 2009-2010 Phantoms team was a magical one reaching the playoffs for the firts time since 2003. What could you learn from head coach Sebastian Machowski who led this club to the playoffs three straight years?

In 2009-10 we had a lot of really good players and Machowski brought us together and made us a really good team. I learned a lot about basketball playing on that team

What goals do you still have as a basketball player at age 30

The goals I have now are just to be as professional as possible, always be prepared and help any team win and achieve success in any way possible.

Thanks John for the chat.

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