Marvel Allen says Juwan Howard and Fab Five spur his growing interest in Michigan
Michigan is in the mix for 2023 combo guard Marvel Allena four-star prospect who reopened his recruitment this spring and whom Juwan Howard is pursuing very closely.
Allen officially visited Georgetown, LSU and Georgia, and the Florida native was briefly contracted with the Tigers. But he reconsidered after Will Wade was fired and Tom Crean was fired from Georgia, leaving his recruitment wide open.
“I made my official at LSU when Coach Wade was there, so now I don’t really know about that. And then Georgia, Coach Crean, so I don’t know about that,” Allen laughed in a recent interview with The Michigan Insider.
Allen says he hasn’t narrowed down his list of schools yet, but Juwan Howard ensured the Wolverines stayed squarely in the chase.
“Juwan is a great guy,” Allen told TMI. “I actually have to text back to him right now – he texts me after every game. Even showing up for all the EYBL sessions. What I love about him is more than the basketball. He just asks me how I’m doing, how my body — makes sure I rest, take care of my body. He rarely talks about basketball so that’s what I like about him.
How does Allen know Howard is in every game?
“He’s 6-8. He wears a yellow shirt. Just under the basket. So it’s obvious,” he said with a laugh.
When Allen thinks of Michigan, he thinks of the Fab Five, the famous recruiting class of 1991 that Howard was part of. The combo guard says he’d like to recreate that kind of impact in the modern era.
“I think about it like I could go out there and be a Fab Five,” he said.
Marvel Allen Updates Recruitment
Georgetown, the only program Allen has officially visited that hasn’t had a head coaching change since, remains a strong possibility for the Florida prospect. He was on campus there in April, a month after receiving an offer from the Hoyas.
“I’m just trying to see how they play this year and where I can fit into the system, and we’ll go from there,” he said.
Other schools that Allen is interested in include Michigan, Kansas, Maryland, Florida State, and Texas A&M. He has two official visits left.
Allen isn’t rushing an engagement, although he says “if a school really brings that heat, then it can happen.” The four-star, who is transferring from Calvary Christian Academy to Montverde (Fla.) Academy for his senior season, says distance from home won’t be a major factor in his decision to go to college.
Instead, Allen says he’s looking for a program that will develop him for the NBA and where he can compete for early playing time.
“I would say development, which can prepare me for the next level, which can make me a better man on and off the pitch,” he said. “I want to be around great guys. And I would say just the relationship. I’m big on relationships. So keep in touch with my family, watch me and have a trainer who can be in the gym with me.
Scouting Michigan targets Marvel Allen
Allen is a 6-foot-4 combo guard who helped lead Consecutive Christian Calvary FHSAA Class 4A State Championships. He is comfortable creating for himself and has recently excelled in American Camp Pangos by draining open shots and being aggressive towards the rim.
“Allen was draining threes, finishing contested dunks in transition and bringing a lot of juice to a guy who crossed three time zones and only played around midnight in Florida,” wrote Eric Bossi, national basketball manager of 247Sports, which listed the guard as one of the standouts.
Allen told TMI he focused on improving his pulling game to complement his field goal finish.
“I would say I’m better, like, more finesse on my pull-up,” he said. “Last year I was more [being] Aggressive going to the basket mostly, but now people are looking at me and spotting me for my one-dribble midrange or my one-two combo shooting a 3.”