Rosco Allen is just finishing up his sophomore year in high school and he already has a handful of offers, the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman small forward assuredly one of the top players on the West Coast in the 2012 class.
It's much too early for Allen, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound prospect who's already been compared to Kyle Korver, to name any favorite schools but with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Northwestern, Santa Clara, UNLV, USC and Washington State things are looking up for him as AAU ball continues.
"I don't have favorites yet," Allen said at the recent Double Pump May Tournament. "I'm keeping my mind open to every school and hoping I can get to a good school. It's very encouraging, it's showing that hard work is paying off."
Allen is used to all this recruiting stuff. After all, he picked up his first offer from UNLV the summer after his freshman season so he's used to the coaches coming around, the hype and the limelight.
Still, Allen said he's more focused on getting better - even improving his outstanding shooting ability - before he worries about where he's going to play his college basketball.
"It was crazy," Allen said of his UNLV offer. "I didn't expect it at all. It was just great just to get the interest from the hometown school and the offer that early."
So many programs are already involved, mainly from the West Coast, and now Allen, who also performed well at the Double Pump event in Denver this spring, said East Coast schools are starting to show interest as well.
West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Texas are talking with Allen, who also has Stanford and UCLA listed on his Rivals.com database page. Allen said he hopes to make a commitment after his junior season so he has more than enough time to take visits and do research on the schools that are interested.
"I've been getting more interest from East Coast schools and that's going really well," Allen said. "It's going to be a little bit of everything when I decide to commit. Hopefully after my junior year I can commit, that's my goal, to commit after my junior season."