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Recruitment Stock Rising for Boys Town’s Teddy Allen

Teddy Allen, a senior at Boys Town, is considering multiple scholarship offers.

This ​article is written by Stu Pospisil / World-Herald staff writer. It was posted on omaha.com on August 3, 2016.

Not much could top the high-major men’s basketball offers Boys Town’s Teddy Allen has been receiving.

But for Allen and the Cowboys, it was the news Tuesday that the Nebraska School Activities Association has granted his hardship waiver to play this season.

“We got the paperwork back this morning,’’ Boys Town coach Tom Krehbiel said. “We are excited to say the least.”

Allen, a 6-foot-5 small forward from the Phoenix area, will be a senior. He enrolled a year ago at Boys Town and became eligible for the second semester. He made the All-Nebraska second team and Class C-1 first team after averaging 26.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.

On the summer circuit, his play with the Omaha Sports Academy Crusaders has moved him up recruiting boards across the country.

Krehbiel, who met Monday with Allen, said the schools Allen is considering offers from at this point are Iowa State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, DePaul, Cincinnati and UNO.

“He really likes coach (Derrin) Hansen and the staff is why (UNO is) still in play,’’ Krehbiel said.

Creighton and Nebraska haven’t offered, the coach said, “but they seem really interested.”

Allen has been on college lists since he attended Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona, where he averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore in 2013-14. Boys Town listed him last year as a junior.

“Ask coach Krehbiel or anybody who’s coached me, I have supreme confidence in my game and where it can take me,’’ Allen said. “I’m not saying I’m surprised by these offers because I’ve put in the work, but it’s a dream come true to receive offers from some of the best programs and doing it from here. Nebraska isn’t traditionally a place like that.
“There’s two others in the state with (Power Five) offers and now three with me. It’s cool to put on for Nebraska and Boys Town.”

Senior forward Aguek Arop of Omaha South, who’s been pledged to NU for two years, is one. The other is 6-7 junior Ed Chang of Papillion-La Vista, whose offer from St. John’s in June followed those last winter from CU and NU.

Allen’s OSA 17-and-under team made the quarterfinals of the Fab 48 summer tournament in Las Vegas. In five games, he scored 38 points twice and averaged 30.0.

Krehbiel said Allen was playing well in June when Boys Town was in summer leagues and camps going against Class A schools.

“When he went on the road in July with OSA, we expected him to have the summer he did,’’ Krehbiel said. “My assessment, he can score in any conference. Now he might give up 30, but can score anywhere.

“He’s worked to improve his shooting and conditioning. His body is so different than what you saw at the end of districts. He’s down from 230 to about 215, and it’s a good 215. He’s worked hard in the weight room.”

Krehbiel said Allen’s defensive issues stem from the “want-to” of playing on that end of the court and respecting the opponent.

“His defense is at least good enough right now that college coaches aren’t worried about it,’’ Krehbiel said. “They’ve focused on how versatile and put-together he is and see a high level for him. He is really tough to stop.”

Allen is working hard elsewhere on the Boys Town campus. He’s taken summer classes, some of which he said will count toward NCAA clearinghouse requirements.

Krehbiel said Allen also has completed prep work on the ACT. His first testing will be in October.

“I think there will be more offers coming once he gets the ACT score,’’ Krehbiel said.

He said he had to shut off his cell phone because he was getting so many calls and texts about Allen while he was coaching his daughter’s team in Denver.

It was intentional, Krehbiel said, that Allen played for OSA. Its coach, Jim Simons, is an assistant at Omaha Westside and widely known in Omaha’s coaching community.

“We purposely put him in that club with that coach,’’ Krehbiel said.

Allen said how he played in Las Vegas may have benefited his OSA teammates as well. Reaching the final eight in the invitational’s top bracket gave Nebraska better respect, and “I heard some of my peers got offers from the success I had.”

There’s another Allen coming up behind him. Younger brother Timmy is a 6-5 junior small forward who averaged 21 points last year at Desert Ridge. He has college offers that include Nebraska, Creighton, Arizona State and UCLA.

Krehbiel said he believes the brothers will look for separate paths.

Teddy Allen said he has the support system to handle the ever-intensifying recruiting process.

“I don’t think it will be super-hard,’’ he said. “I have my coaches, my stepdad and mom. It’s not super-easy to reach me here.

“I’m just trying to do my part, staying with my nose in the books and getting in the gym. Control what you can, like coach Krehbiel says, and all will work out.”