Rosco Allen to forego final year of hoops eligibility


First Team All-Pac-12 forward Rosco Allen will pursue professional opportunities and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility. Allen, who is a senior academically at Stanford, is on track to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree next month.

"These past four years at Stanford I have created many wonderful memories, grown as a person, and built strong relationships that will last a lifetime," Allen said. "I am extremely thankful and appreciative of the Stanford coaches and staff, Bob and Pam Reed, and my family for the opportunity to attend Stanford University. Playing the sport I love professionally has always been a dream of mine, and I am excited for the opportunity to make it a reality."

Allen, a science, technology, and society major with a concentration in innovation, technology and organization, is expected to receive his undergraduate degree during commencement on June 12.

"We wish Rosco all the best in this next chapter of his career," Stanford first-year coach Jerod Haase said. "He will earn his Stanford degree in June and that's what is most important. Rosco will be a great representative of Stanford at the professional level and we look forward to following him along the way."

The National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District selection led Stanford in scoring (15.6 ppg) and minutes (34.1 mpg) during his third season of competition with the Cardinal last season.

He ranked fifth in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring (16.8 ppg) during league action, and ninth overall.

The versatile small forward also competed as a shooting guard and power forward for the Cardinal in 2015-16. He finished 13th in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.5 rpg.

Allen ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals (1.9 per game). The forward recorded a three-pointer in 23 consecutive games, before having his streak come to an end in the regular-season finale at Arizona (March 5).

He averaged 17.1 ppg over his final eight contests of the season, and averaged 12.0 points in the second half alone, over his final six games.

Allen posted three double-doubles last season, against California, Green Bay and Sacramento State. He registered seven 20-point games in 2015-16, including a career-high 25 each against No. 11 Oregon, Colorado and Arkansas.

In the come-from-behind victory over the Razorbacks on Nov. 27, Allen posted 11 of his 25 points in the final 4:27. He scored 24 points, including the game-winning basket with 3.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Cardinal to the victory over Arizona State at home.

Allen played in 97 career games with 60 career starts for the Cardinal. He was limited to just one game due to injury as a sophomore during the 2013-14 season. Allen scored 811 career points, with an 8.4 ppg career scoring average

Women's water polo

A school-record 12 members of the Stanford women's water polo team earned 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic accolades, which were announced by the league on Tuesday morning. The Cardinal has had at least 10 league academic honorees for each of the past eight seasons.

To be eligible, students must have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically and have spent at least one academic year at the institution and must have competed in fifty percent of their team's competition this season.

Shannon Cleary, Katie Dudley, Julia Hermann, Dani Jackovich, Rachel Johnson, Sophia Monaghan, Jamie Neushul, Lauren Norheim, Cassidy Papa, Jordan Raney, Gurpreet Sohi and Anna Yelizarova were recognized for their combined work athletically and in the classroom. Stanford's 12 all-academic awardees led the MPSF.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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