Since being selected as the #5 NBA draft pick in 1996, Allen has gone on to fulfill his extraordinary promise on the basketball court as a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. During his rookie year, he started all but one of their games, and finished with averages of 13.2 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game, also leading the team in treys made and free-throw shooting. Cited as the most promising newcomer in recent years, Allen played in the NBA Rookie All-Star Game, and the NBA Team Up this past February.
Born at the Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California, Allen attended Hillcrest High School in South Carolina and became a basketball star at the University of Connecticut. He was named 1996 Big East Player of the Year in a unanimous All-Big East First Team selection, and also received the 1995-96 Consensus All-America First Team selection by the Associated Press, United Press International, The Sporting News, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
With a devoted interest in helping others, Allen is also the founder of the Ray of Hope Foundation, established to enhance and uplift the lives of children and young adults through sports-related and community-based programs.
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