After long-awaited debut, Quincy Allen trying to make strides for CU Buffs mens basketball The Denver Post

More than two years after he inked a letter of intent that made him one of the gems of an impressive 2021 recruiting class, Quincy Allen finally scored his first points with the Colorado Buffaloes.

And it went down just about the way most Buffs fans probably envisioned, albeit about 13 months later.

Allen made his long-awaited CU debut last week against Colorado State, entering in the final minutes and scoring two late baskets to help the Buffs put the finishing touches on a 93-65 victory. Allen remains the odd man out of the rotation as CU gets set to continue a four-game homestand on Thursday against North Alabama (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network), but turning a few heads in his debut certainly was a small reward for what has been a challenging start to his collegiate career.

“It felt great to finally get in there and show everybody what I can do,” Allen said. “Hopefully there’s more to come. But yeah, it felt great; a great first experience.”

Allen entered the CSU game with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining and recorded his first basket moments later, making a move along the left wing before throwing down a dunk. Allen added another bucket on a drive along the right side of the lane.

Both plays exemplified the athleticism and quick-leaping ability that has made the 6-foot-8 Allen such an intriguing prospect. Still, this week head coach Tad Boyle said “we’re close” in terms of where he wants his club to be defensively and on the glass. A rotation that still features 10 players when everyone is healthy is unlikely to soon include Allen.

“He’s coming along,” Boyle said. “Offensively, he’s a really talented player. He can make plays that very few players can make. It’s the defensive consistency that’s holding him back. We’re not putting a lot of new things in. We’ll put a few new things in this week. He just has to understand the things we do have in and retain that knowledge. For Quincy, it’s not the physical abilities.”

Allen was ranked as the No. 106 prospect in the nation by 247Sports for the 2021 class, which for the Buffs also included Lawson Lovering (No. 59) and KJ Simpson (95). That class also included Javon Ruffin, ranked 132nd nationally in a CU recruiting class that was ranked at the top of the Pac-12 and 13th nationally by 247Sports. Guard Julian Hammond III, from Cherry Creek, completed the class.

Lovering and Simpson are starting now for the Buffs. Ruffin, like Allen, missed his entire freshman season due to an injury but has played every game this season as the last man off the bench. Allen was sidelined by a hip injury that required surgery shortly after arriving at CU, forcing him to miss the Buffs’ late summer exhibition trip to Costa Rica in 2021 and keeping him off the practice floor the entire season.

Allen reiterated he is experiencing no lingering issues from last season’s injury.  While it obviously has been frustrating being left out of the rotation, Allen continues to try to make the best of every practice.

“I’m just staying positive and keep trying to show coach Boyle what I can do in practice,” Allen said. “Continue to be a great teammate, and step up and be ready when my name is called. I feel like I’ve learned a lot and I’ve gotten confident at things I didn’t know or wasn’t that good at. I’m trying to enjoy the highs and lows, and if I do that and just bring it 100% every day in practice, I’ll be good to go.”

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