Dunphy: Allen quit NBA tryout on his own

Posted: April 09, 2011

Temple coach Fran Dunphy said Friday that Lavoy Allen is neither injured nor ill and that the 6-foot-9 forward simply decided not to attend the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for personal reasons.

"There's really no story behind this other than, as Lavoy said, he didn't go because of personal reasons," Dunphy said. "He will go to a number of individual camps, so he'll have a chance to show his talents in front of NBA people. I'm not sure how that will be determined."

Dunphy said Allen has yet to sign with an agent. "He hasn't chosen one yet, but he will," he said.

Temple's sports information director, Larry Dougherty, said he asked Allen at the university's awards banquet why he wasn't going to Portsmouth but that the player didn't elaborate.

Butler's Matt Howard and Virginia Commonwealth's Jamie Skeen also decided not to participate in the Portsmouth tourney, where scouts from the NBA and foreign teams gather annually to evaluate college seniors performing in the eight-team event.

Allen would have been on a team with Villanova's Corey Stokes. Pittsburgh guard Brad Wanamaker of Roman Catholic High School and Syracuse forward Rick Jackson of Neumann-Goretti High are in the Portsmouth tourney, which began Thursday and concludes Saturday.

 

- Ray Parrillo

 

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