Another year, another 4-star wing committing to the Colorado Buffaloes. This time, it’s Quincy Allen, the 48th-ranked recruit in the entire class of 2021, as first reported by Corey Evans of Rivals.com.
This is a major coup for Tad Boyle and the Buffs. Allen, a produce of Maret School in Washington, D.C., will be the highest rated recruit in the 10+ seasons Boyle has been in Boulder. Looking at the tape, it’s easy to see why he had had serious interest from Michigan, Georgetown and Miami.
At 6’7 with smooth athleticism, Allen is a gifted three-level scorer who gets to his spot and makes defender pay with an easy pull-up jumper. He’s drawn comparisons to North Carolina wing Cameron Johnson because of his shooting ability, both off the dribble and especially off the catch. He is an elite shooter already and he’s still rounding out his dribble-drive scoring and playmaking.
As you can see in the videos above, Allen is still quite thin and doesn’t have explosive athleticism. The Colorado coaching staff will surely get him in the weight room so that he grow as a finisher and on-ball defender. He has a high feel for the game, so he should develop into a standout defensive player with some college-level strength and conditioning.
Landing Allen is huge for continuing the momentum of the program. The 2020 recruiting looks fantastic and the 2021 class might be even better. They have significant shoes to fill, as starters McKinley Wright, D’Shawn Schwartz and Jeriah Horne will all graduate in 2021, as will rotation players Alex Strating and Dallas Walton.
The Buffs have a ton of talent coming up, with Keeshawn Barthelemy and Dominique Clifford at guard, Jabari Walker and Tristan da Silva at forward, and nationally ranked Lawson Lovering at center. They needed someone on the wing — all respect to 3-and-D wing Luke O’Brien — and got a guy who can be the go-to scorer on a contending team.
With Allen committing today, the 2021 recruiting class is shaping up to be the highest ranked class of Boyle’s tenure. 7-foot center Lawson Lovering committed to CU way back in October 2019 (feels like six years ago) and has jumped all the way to 52nd in 247’s recruiting rankings. The Buffs still have three more available scholarships for 2021-22.