Catching Up with SC 2021 SF AJ Allenspach
AJ Allenspach is a talent with a very high basketball IQ in the SC 2021 class. The 6’7 small forward has an explosive first step and is elite at getting to the rim and finishing around the basket. In transition, Allenspach uses his athleticism to finish above the rim. He also has a great midrange jumper and can consistently knock down shots with proper shooting mechanics and form. Defensively, Allenspach can block shots and protect the rim using the combination of his length and athleticism. The Hillcrest junior currently has a lot of heavy interest and will soon be earning offers. Allenspach is a prospect coaches need to pay attention to.
We had a chance to catch up with AJ Allenspach and hear more about his recruitment, what he is looking for in a school, and his development as a player.
Question: How has the recruiting process been and which schools are showing you the most interest?
AJ Allenspach: “The recruiting process is going well. I have had contact with a good bit of coaches. The schools that are showing the most interest are West Point, Davidson, Wofford, Bucknell, and Cornell.”
Question: What qualities are you looking for in your potential college coach and program?
Allenspach: “I am looking for a high academic school with a coach that is approachable but has plenty of respect from his players.”
Question: How would you describe your game on the court?
Allenspach: “I would describe myself as a hard working, high IQ player who loves to get to the basket and pull up from mid range. I also am effective with my back to the basket and can pop out for the three.”
Question: In what areas of your game would you like to improve as you prepare for the next level?
Allenspach: “I would like to improve my ball handling and my three point shot. If I can become more consistent in these I believe it would bring my game to the next level.”
Question: Who is your favorite player to study and why?
Allenspach: “I like to study Kawhi Leonard. I love how he scores on all three levels and is incredibly efficient on defense. He is also a great leader by example.”
Question: How has playing in Big Shots events helped your player development and recruitment?
Allenspach: “Big Shots has always been a great place to find a good level of competition as well as exposure. Playing in a Big Shots event will always be a good experience for players.”
We look forward to keeping up with AJ and continuing to follow his progression as a very talented player in SC’s 2021 class.