The 2018 class continues to slowly slide onto the center stage in terms of regional and national recruiting and while highly regarded prospects like Romeo Langford, Courtney Ramey, Tyler Herro, Ayo Dosunmu take most of the headlines, a number of sleepers that are legitimate Division 1 prospects quietly continue to develop across the country.  One such talent is 2018 F Orlando Allen of Thornton High School in Illinois.

A long wiry 6-7 plus length 175 pound bouncy forward, Allen delivered some eye opening performances this past spring and summer as a part of the Indiana based SYF Players 16U team.  Equipped with explosive athleticism, excellent feel, and an ability to slash to the rim in transition and half court sets, Allen was impressive with his ability to contribute across the board and fill the box score while helping his team to wings.  He has plus length, excellent timing, and explosive bounce making him a defensive menace in terms of altering or blocking shots and being disruptive on that end of the court overall.  Offensively Allen runs the floor well in transition and he finishes at the rim in transition or in traffic with consistency.  He has shown range that extends beyond the arc but is overally perimeter skill set is still developing making for an intriguing and high ceiling talent.  Solid in terms of his ability to score inside 15 feet, Allen is far from a finished product and his best basketball lies ahead.

A First Team All-NY2LA Basketball Association 16U Division Selection, Allen is a legitimate mid to possible high major prospect if he reaches his potential.  He is primed for a big year and you can expect the highly athletic and bouncy forward to become one of the biggest stock boosting stories over the next 12-14 months as he continues to develop both physically and skill wise on the hardwood.  He played with the SYF Players during the grassroots travel season.