CANTON – Brooklyn Allen’s athleticism knows no bounds.
So when it came time for her to commit, it wasn’t just a matter of which college but which sport.
The Pisgah senior has decided to play basketball at the next level for Appalachian State.
“The sky is the limit for her,” Black Bears coach Brandon Holloway said.
“Brooklyn is well-rounded, a gifted person both academically and athletically. She is going to a place where we feel like it will be a good fit. And we think she will have the opportunity to go in and contribute right away.”
As a junior, Allen was named the Co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a Citizen-Times All-WNC selection after averaging 22.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.1 assists per game. The 5-foot-9 guard/forward scored her 1,000th career point in December 2014 and went on to lead the Black Bears to a 24-2 WNCAC championship season.
Allen was also considering UNC Asheville, Western Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, said her father, Brad. Some of the schools would have allowed Allen to play multiple sports on scholarship and with good reason.
Allen also has more than 1,000 career kills for the Pisgah volleyball program, is a former regional champion in track and has started in the past for the Black Bears softball team.
She will be one of three returning starters this upcoming season for Holloway’s basketball team. The other two are Maddie Webb and Colbie Williamson. The first official day of basketball practice for NCHSAA schools with football programs is Nov. 2.
“We’ve had very few girls who can come in as a freshman and start right away but Brooklyn did,” Holloway said.
“Now that she’s a senior, it’s almost like she can read my mind when she’s out there on the court. It really is like having a second coach. Getting (her college commitment) out of the way is huge. I know it’s been weighing on her heart and mind. And she feels like she made the best decision, the right decision.”
Allen plans to be in Boone on Thursday when the Mountaineers play an ESPNU-televised game against Georgia Southern. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.