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2014 Illinois duo on the road

It’s been a busy spring for the 2014 duo playing with Southwest Illinois Jets AAU club, as both Peyton Allen and Darreon Reddick have taken multiple unofficial visits, in addition to playing a full travel schedule.

Allen has scholarship offers from Bradley, Iowa and Oklahoma State.

Both Allen and Reddick traveled with Jets coach Dana Morgan to various campuses including Iowa and Nebraska, while the pair also attended Michigan’s Elite Camp earlier this month.

Allen is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard who can also play the wing, and is known for his precision shooting. Equipped with a high basketball IQ, Allen can run in transition knowing when to pull-up for his own shot, and when to dish it off.

“He is really turning into a complete basketball player,” said Morgan. “We’re working on his frame, working on his conditioning, I think he is poised to have a huge July. He’s a gym rat who wants to become a better basketball player.

“Peyton is a great kid, he’s a kid who always talks to the coach and knows what the coach wants.”

With offers from Iowa, Oklahoma State and Bradley, in addition to interested schools such as Michigan, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Penn State and Minnesota, Allen has been busy this spring.

He has visited Iowa and Nebraska unofficially, as well as attending camps at both Michigan and Wisconsin, and has plans on getting out to Minnesota, Boston College and Penn State after the July live period.

“Iowa went well, Peyton has a great relationship with Coach (Fran) McCaffery, and Coach (Andrew) Francis, it was a good atmosphere at Iowa,” Morgan explained. “Michigan was good, he’s got a good relationship with their coaches after attending the Elite Camp last year and this year. He went to a football game last year too. They have all new facilities, so he likes Michigan too.”

Allen was originally scheduled to attend camp at Penn State, but those plans have been shelved and the rising junior will likely take an unofficial to State College this fall, along with Reddick and Morgan.

Reddick sports offers from Depaul and Indiana State.

“Penn State and Coach Daly have spoken to Peyton probably three or four times in the past couple of weeks,” he said.

“We’re probably going to come out for an unofficial in September, see a football game and tour the facilities to really get a better feel for the campus and the coaches.”


Running alongside Allen throughout the AAU season is Reddick, a physical 6-foot-3, 211-pound guard who Morgan says, possesses a unique skill set.

“I haven’t coached a kid who attacks angles like he does, and he’s so physical when he attacks the rim,” Morgan says. “He initiates the contact and can finish around the basket, he’s got a huge upside.”

Morgan says there is one area in which the guard can definitely improve, and Reddick echoes his coaches sentiments.

“I’ve been known to get to the hole, but I think I’ve been improving my jump shot a lot recently,” said Reddick on Monday night. “All the coaches I’ve talked to have wanted to see a more consistent jump shot so that’s been my main focus so far.”

The humble junior-to-be has offers from DePaul and Indiana State, and is receiving interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Xavier, Michigan, Butler, Tennessee and Penn State.

Having attended every visit with his teammate, Reddick has also been on the campuses of Xavier and Butler.

“Iowa was good, they had nice facilities, I really liked the coaching staff,” Reddick told 247Sports. “Nebraska has had the best facilities I’ve seen, I liked that visit too.”

Both Allen and Reddick are getting ready to gear back up for the next round of tournaments starting in July, most of which will be live for college coaches to attend.

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