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Spartan basketball brings in Allen for upcoming season

The Norfolk State men's basketball program recently signed forward Stavian Allen to a national letter of intent for its 2016 recruiting class. Allen will join the Spartan program from Tallahassee Community College in Florida. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

The Norfolk State men’s basketball program recently signed forward Stavian Allen to a national letter of intent for its 2016 recruiting class. Allen will join the Spartan program from Tallahassee Community College in Florida. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball program recently signed forward Stavian Allen to a national letter of intent for its 2016 recruiting class. Allen will join the Spartan program from Tallahassee Community College in Florida.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Allen will have two years of eligibility with the Spartans after spending two years at Tallahassee CC. The native of Cary, N.C., shot 47 percent from the floor as a freshman and then 57 percent as a sophomore.

“Stavian will become an immediate inside/outside threat and perhaps our most versatile player, capable of playing both the 4 and the 3,” said head coach Robert Jones. “He will remind fans of a bigger D’Shon Taylor with a knack for ball handling. He played in one of the most difficult JuCo leagues in the country, and although his stats don’t pop, when placed in our system we think he will become a steal.”

Allen posted 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds with 14 blocks in his sophomore campaign in 2015-16. He hit 65-of-114 from the floor (57.0 percent) as the Eagles finished 21-12 overall, second in the Panhandle Conference at 8-4, and advanced to the title game of the Florida College System Activities Association Athletics (FCSAA) state championship.

The former Liberty signee averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds his freshman year in 2014-15 while adding 18 blocks in 29 games. He scored a career-high 17 points in his first collegiate game and also had a pair of 16-point games his sophomore season. Tallahassee finished 18-11 his freshman year.

Allen attended Pace Academy in Carrboro, N.C., his senior year of high school and signed a national letter of intent with Liberty before heading to Tallahassee CC.

He becomes NSU’s third member of the 2016 recruiting class, joining shooting guard Kyle Williams and center Bryan Gellineau, the latter of whom signed in November.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.