Owls’ Allen explores NBA draft

Lavoy Allen has decided to enter the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Temple junior center Lavoy Allen has entered his name into the NBA draft, beating the early-entry eligibility deadline by 2 days, the Daily News has learned.

Allen, who averaged 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds last season for the 29-6 Owls, is doing much the same thing that Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds did last year. Allen is not hiring an agent, but merely testing the waters to see what his stock might be. In other words, he has nothing to lose.

Reynolds eventually elected to return to the Wildcats, where he became a first team All-America.

The only difference this year is, Allen has a much shorter window in which to be evaluated by NBA teams. The NCAA has set the cut-off date for underclassmen at May 8. Previously, it was 10 days before the draft, which is June 24. International players still have until then.

Temple is expected to make an announcement about Allen later tonight.