Sixers select Temple's Allen

Posted: June 24, 2011

What many considered a formality turned out to be a real tryout. The 76ers had Temple product Lavoy Allen in for two predraft workouts, and the 6-9, all-time leading rebounder for the Owls apparently impressed enough to warrant the team to select him with the 50th overall pick.

"I think I definitely proved that I could play at a high level and have a high motor," said Allen, a Pennsbury High grad. "I was a little surprised when they took me. I know there's no guarantees in the NBA draft, especially in the second round. I wasn't sure, but I'm happy to be selected."

Allen is the 32nd Temple player selected in the NBA draft and the first since Mardy Collins was taken with the 29th pick (first round) in 2006 by the New York Knicks.

The knock on Allen throughout his career at Temple was his desire to work hard for 40 minutes on the court. That wasn't a concern of the Sixers.

"He's a Big 5 great, a Temple great," said Sixers GM Ed Stefanski. "We're happy to get him. He's another big body. He's got NBA size and body, no doubt about it. He's a rebounder and he can defend. He's a guy that the coach [Doug Collins] wanted. He has an opportunity here on a team that needs bigs.

"That's the knock on him [his motor]. But if Lavoy can rebound and defend, and that's what you get, then we'll be very happy."

Allen finished his Temple career with 1,147 rebounds and 1,421 points.

"I am very happy for him," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "He accomplished so much as a college basketball player. It is a great reward to be drafted, and to go to the Sixers is icing on the cake."

- Bob Cooney

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