Photo courtesy of Jordan Wright.
By David Cordova
In New York City, there is plenty of under-the-radar players that are talented that many don’t pay attention to. Those are the players that have to work the hardest to be seen and heard. Especially in the borough of Queens.
Enter Kyle Allman. After playing at St. John’s Prep for his first three years of high school, the 6-foot-3 guard transferred to High School for Construction and made his presence felt in the PSAL, averaging 18 points, 6.7 assists and 1.8 assists a game. His spectacular play helped propel Construction to a PSAL Queens Borough championship and a berth in the PSAL quarterfinals. He also committed to Cal State-Fullerton, where he will enter his freshman year of college in the fall.
He is an offensive nightmare for many teams as he can get to the basket at will and can shoot the ball from many places on the court. He is also known for playing above the rim.
Here’s our Q & A with the man himself, Kyle Allman:
When did you first start playing basketball?
I first got serious about basketball when I was around 11.
What drives you to be successful in the game of basketball?
What drives me to be successful id the fact that no one in my family has been successful with the sport they played. I wanted to be the first in the family to make it.
Describe your time at St. John’s Prep.
SJP was a great school socially, but athletically it just declined over the years. Each year that I was at SJP, I feel like I got better, but the competition got worse and worse.
Did you feel like you were underrated while you were in high school?
Yes. But when I transferred to Construction and started dominating, I felt less underrated.
What made you transfer to High School of Construction?
A friend of mine went there and convinced me that I would be a great fit there. Then Coach Semper was already sold on me, so I decided to make the switch.
Do you feel like your senior year of high school was a success?
I feel like it was with all we accomplished as a team. I only wish that we could have gone further in the PSAL playoffs.
How was your college recruitment?
My recruitment was so slow. It took me until late February to get my first offer and that was from a Division II school. I felt like a lot of colleges overlooked me.
Now that you have committed to Cal State-Fullerton, do you feel content that you’ve made it to a Division I school or that does that motivate you to work even more harder?
Absolutely, I’ve been in the gym at least 3 times a day. I’m trying to to do everything I can to be great at what I do.
What can we expect from Kyle Allman in the future?
I see myself professionally in the NBA or overseas.
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