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KERSHAW – The Allen University men’s basketball team was looking to fill a need and Andrew Jackson High School senior hoops standout Avalon Truesdale was the answer.
“He will help fill a void we have,” Allen coach Tim Gates said. “We’re excited to be able to sign him. Avalon has a strong upside and we look at him playing the three or four position.
“We like his strong body and good feet to go with good mid-range scoring,” Gates said. “He will bring a physicality to the team.”
Allen, a NAIA Division I school, is located in Columbia.
Truesdale provided plenty for the Vols in his prep basketball career.
Truesdale, in his senior campaign, averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and 2.1 assists for the Vols, who earned a playoff berth and finished 13-10 under coach Danny Wright.
Truesdale, an all-region and all-county pick, was selected as AJ’s Best All-Around Player last season.
As a junior, he hit 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in earning all-region, team MVP and the Vols’ Best All-Around Award.
“Avalon has been a tremendous player for me going back to his middle school days,” Wright said. “He worked hard on and off the court. I’m very proud to see him reach his goal of having the opportunity to play at the next level.
“He will do well because of his character and great work ethic,” Wright said.
Truesdale noted several reason for picking Allen.
“My visit there went real well,” he said. “I really liked it there and I feel it’s a good environment for me. I feel I’ll fit in great.
“I feel the coaches will help me better myself,” said Truesdale, who said he plans to major in pharmacy. “I look forward to going there and taking that step to the next level.”