What would Miami Basketball All-time Starting five be?

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Willie Allen


Allen was the first African-American player in Miami Hurricanes basketball history. He averaged 17.2 PPG and 12.2 rebounds per game during his three seasons in Miami. Allen’s 916 rebounds rank second in school history to Barry.

Undersized at 6’6 230 pounds, Allen was still an excellent low post scorer and rebounder. As a Senior he led the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 19.9 points per game and 12.6 rebounds.

Allen averaged a double-double in each of his three seasons with the Hurricanes, but they were not able to translate that into team success. After going 14-10 during his Sophomore season, the Hurricanes had losing records in each of his last two years. In three seasons with Allen, the Miami Hurricanes were 30-46.

Allen had a non-descript professional career in the United States. He played seven games with the Miami Floridians in the ABA.

Allen has had a very successful post-basketball career in farming. His Miami Athletic Hall of Fame profile highlights his achievements.

"“One of the world’s preeminent practitioners of urban agriculture, Will was awarded the 2008 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and in 2010, Time Magazine named him to their list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Allen was the 2011 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NCAA and was enshrined in its Hall of Champions.”"