Former Western Washington University men's basketball guard John Allen was selected 56th overall by the NBA D-League's Texas Legends Friday evening, Nov. 1, during the NBADL draft.
He was Texas' third overall pick as the fifth choice in the fourth round. The Legends are the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate.
"It's exciting," Allen said in a phone interview. "There were stretches where I didn't think it was going to happen. Anytime you can keep playing at a high level, you can't ask for anything more. I'm excited and looking forward to it."
Allen, who was at home during the draft, heard the news through his agent but waited until his name appeared on the computer screen to tell his parents, he said.
Being drafted added some finality to Allen's next basketball career move since WWU's season ended in the NCAA Division II semifinals last March.
The seven months since have been filled with intrigue from NBA teams, disappointments and nearly everything in between.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of highs and lows, a lot of hearing from people then not hearing from people," Allen said. "I've been sitting by the phone waiting for my agent to call me and fill me in. It's been a long process, but an enjoyable one."
Allen earned numerous accolades during his WWU career. Besides guiding the Vikings to their only men's hoops national title in 2012, the 6-foot-1 guard from Brier was selected to three Division II All-American teams his senior year and earned West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors.
He finished with 1,480 career points, seventh among school leaders and accomplished the feat in three seasons. Allen averaged 17.1 points per game and 4.1 assists last year.
There wasn't much interest from Texas throughout the draft process, Allen said, so he doesn't know a lot about the franchise. Camp begins Thursday, Nov. 7, for the Frisco, Texas-based team.
"Just to be able to be a part of the process and have your name in it is a blessing," Allen said. "The little I do know is that they are the Mavericks' affiliate. I'm sure I'll know more by the end of tonight and by next week."
Other notable players on Texas' roster are former Washington guard Justin Dentmon and NBA journeymen Delonte West and Melvin Ely.
The Legends finished fifth in the Central Division last year with a 21-29 record and open their season at home against Fort Wayne on Friday, Nov. 22.
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