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Get to know: 2024 hoops target Marcus Allen
ESPN 4-star Marcus Allen
Arkansas target and ESPN 4-star junior Marcus Allen is planning to make an official visit to Fayetteville.
Allen, 6-7, 210 pounds, of Chandler (Ariz.) Compass Prep, is ESPN’s No. 10 power forward and No. 54 overall prospect in the nation in the 2024 class.
He has more than 15 scholarship offers from schools such as Arkansas, Miami, Florida State, Missouri, Villanova and Stanford. Allen has mentioned visiting the Razorbacks in the spring.
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman, recruiting coordinator Ronnie Brewer, assistant coach Anthony Ruta and others on the coaching staff keep in touch with Allen on a regular basis.
“Everyone on the coaching staff hits me up from Coach Brewer to Coach Musselman to Coach Ruta,” Allen said in December. “It’s like a consistent conversation. Each one sends me videos of the campus, sending videos of their games and stuff.
“I like Arkansas, so I’m always tuning into the games, as well. That relationship is good with everyone.”
Allen said he plans to visit Arkansas in the spring after his season is completed.
Coach Eric Musselman is: An exciting coach
Best basketball moment: My sophomore year playing at City of Palms
Favorite video game: Madden 23
Favorite NBA player: Paul George
Favorite workout music: Rod Wave
Must-watch TV show: Stranger Things
My mom is always on me to: Give my all with anything I’m doing
One rule change I would like to make in basketball: Nothing. It’s perfect.
Love or hate rollercoasters: Hate
List two pet peeves: Arguments and debates
Best advice I’ve received: Walk by faith, not by sight
Favorite food: Pasta
I will never eat: Steak
My favorite fast-food chain and why: Zaxby's, because I love their sauces
Favorite junk food: Chicken wings
My favorite sweet-tooth craving is: Honey Buns
Strangest thing I’ve ever eaten: Asparagus
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: Anything Chicane related
Three things you would need on a deserted island: Food, water, basketball
Favorite animal, and why: Dogs, because they’re caring
I’m terrified of: Roller coasters
Cat or dog person: Dog
My hidden talent is: I speak multiple languages
My dream date would be: A nice dinner on the beach with a basketball game on
Hobbies: Music and basketball
The one thing I could not live without is: Family
If you were a superhero, what powers would you have: Control time
Role model, and why: My grandmother, because she is a fighter
Three words to describe me: Smart, tough, funny
People would be surprised that I: Wear a size 17 shoe
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