Brandon Allen has made no secret about his desire to continue his basketball career at the Division I level.
And the 5-foot-9 Haslett senior point guard has found an opportunity to do just that.
Allen committed to Western Michigan on Friday, notifying coach Steve Hawkins of his intent to join the Bronco program as a preferred walk-on.
“It’s something I’ve thought about my whole life is playing at that type of (Division I) level,” said Allen, who chose playing for the Broncos over GLIAC scholarship opportunities and a few other walk-on options. “It really means the world to me that at least I get a chance to prove myself.
“Obviously I want to go there and try to earn a scholarship and some playing time. It’s kind of hard to think about those things right now. (It is) just one step at a time to try to make those goals happen.”
Allen, who became Haslett’s all-time scoring leader this winter, will enroll at Western in July and travel with the team on its European trip in August. He believes that trip, which will feature four games against European club teams, will be a valuable experience.
“That’s obviously a trip of a lifetime,” Allen said. “It’s also going to help my game a lot to see those great players over there and just to get an idea of where I need to improve myself.”
Allen averaged 24.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals and made 69 3-pointers during the regular season while earning Associated Press Class A second team all-state recognition. He joins a Western program that signed five players in its 2016 recruiting class.
Allen is well aware a couple of walk-ons that have played for Hawkins have emerged as starters for the Broncos over the past decade. That doesn’t appeal to Allen as much as knowing that he will get a fair shot to try to prove he can succeed at the Division I level.
“That’s all I really wanted was a place where I felt like I had a legit chance,” Allen said.