Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 | 11 a.m.
Mark Rosco Allen down as the first member of a loaded senior class at Bishop Gorman who will take his hardwood talents outside of the city limits next season.
The 6-foot-9 small forward gave a verbal commitment on Monday morning to Stanford — the school that had recruited him longer and harder than anyone outside of UNLV.
In the end, Allen chose Stanford over UNLV, Oregon and North Carolina. He was set to take an official visit to UNC this past weekend, but that was canceled after the Tar Heels received a commitment late in the week from Brice Johnson, who took the Tar Heels' last available scholarship.
The commitment from Allen, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2012 class, is huge for Stanford. It strengthens a class for the Cardinals that already includes Houston shooting guard Christian Sanders and California power forward Grant Verhoeven. Aside from the obvious academic edge Stanford has over Allen's other finalists, he'll join a young team and have a chance to play big minutes right from the start.
As for UNLV, Dave Rice and his staff still have two scholarships left to fill. The two other top uncommitted seniors at Gorman are both still in play.
One is Shabazz Muhammad — the 2012 class's top overall prospect — who is likely to wait until the spring signing period to make a decision. The other is 6-foot-8 power forward Ben Carter, who will soon decide between UNLV, Oregon and Utah.