Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins knew he had a good player in Marcus Allen, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Centennial High in Las Vegas.
That was confirmed recently when Allen was named the Nevada's Gatorade Player of the Year for boys' basketball.
Allen averaged a state-best 28.2 points per game and was the best player on the floor every night. He's the nation's No. 136 overall recruiting prospect by Rivals.com, also recording 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
With Allen and twin brother, Malcolm, leading the way, Centennial had the best season in school history while advancing to the state championship game. While Centennial lost to Bishop Gorman, the season was still considered a success.
Malcolm Allen averaged 22.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds.
The Allens, both of whom will play at Stanford next year, dominated virtually every night this winter in helping Centennial win 23 games. It was the third straight season the Bulldogs won 20 or more games. They lost four times to Gorman, but in three of the defeats had fourth-quarter leads.
"This is a good way to leave high school and move on to the next level," Marcus Allen told the Las Vegas Sun.