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Campbellsville| Allen-Jordan invited to attend NBA D-League Tryout

Allen_Jordan_D_LeagueMANHATTEN, N.Y. — This year’s NBA D-League National Tryout comes with a new wrinkle: Beyond the regular crop of pro basketball hopefuls who registered for the tryout, the league has invited a group of prospects to compete in a new afternoon session.

This year’s invited players include former Campbellsville Tiger Dii’jon Allen-Jordan.

Standouts from the morning session featuring open registration players will advance to the afternoon session.

“A NBA representative called my agent about players to put in the showcase and he said my name,” said Allen-Jordan. “At first I was just the first alternate for the small forward position but my agent kept working to get me in and I got a call Monday night that I received an invitation to the showcase.”

Allen-Jordan is represented by Michael Hart and Hart Sports Management. Out of the 50 players looking for an opportunity to live out their dreams of playing in the NBA, Allen-Jordan is the lone NAIA member invited to the tryout that is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14.

Other notables that were invited are: South Florida’s Jaleel Cousins (younger brother of former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins), UConn’s Sterling Gibbs and Palpreet Singh, who emerged from a new Indian talent search program. Also, Western Kentucky University’s Aaron Cosby received an invite.

Players participating in the tryout will vie for the chance to be offered a contract to become eligible for the NBA D-League Draft this fall. Two National Tryout participants in the past, Dwight Buycks and Dennis Horner, achieved the ultimate goal of eventually reaching the NBA.

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Plainfield, N.J. was named an All-American last season for the Tigers. Allen-Jordan picked up the honor for three different associations – Third-Team NAIA All-American, Second-Team Sporting News All-American and First-Team NCCAA All-American. He was also named the NCCAA Mid-East Region Player of the Year

Allen-Jordan led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.3 points and grabbing 9.5 boards per game. He finished the season with 16 double-doubles – which ranked him tied with NAIA Player of the Year Deondre McWhorter for the Mid-South Conference lead and also tied for fifth in the country.

He finished ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in total rebounds (343), No. 6 in blocks (69), No. 12 in steals (61), and No. 17 in field goal percentage (54.1%). During the national tournament, Allen-Jordan averaged 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Allen-Jordan helped lead Campbellsville to its second NAIA Fab Four appearance in program history. He was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team to cap off his season.

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