UCLA’s Allen announces commitment

Hawaii basketball has its fifth commitment for its 2016 class.

UCLA wing Noah Allen told the Star-Advertiser on Tuesday that he’ll be transferring to Manoa for his final year of eligibility as a graduate student.

Noah Allen (UCLA photo)
Noah Allen (UCLA photo)

“It’s a great opportunity and I am blessed and thankful to the coaching staff and the University of Hawaii,” Allen messaged the Star-Advertiser.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Allen is looking for a chance to be an impact player. As a junior in the recently completed season, he contributed 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game in 24 contests with the Pac-12’s Bruins. His skill-set is that of a slasher/driver with some ball-handling ability.

His most meaningful action came as a sophomore, when he put up 1.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 0.9 assists per game in all 36 games of UCLA’s 2014-15 season.

Thanks to a strong academic effort over three years, Allen is poised to wrap up his undergraduate degree and is eligible to play right away. He is aware of UH’s postseason ban for the coming season.

Allen, of Pacific Grove, Calif., visited the Manoa campus about a week and a half ago. He felt comfortable with UH coach Eran Ganot and assistant Adam Jacobsen in part because he knew both from their days at Saint Mary’s and Pacific. They each tried to recruit Allen, who wound up choosing UCLA.

More comments from Allen in Wednesday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser.

UH should still have three scholarships to assign for next season, even with the NCAA’s sanctions reducing the count to 11.


UH is expected to make the signings of Allen and Latvian forward Zigmars Raimo (his commitment previously reported here) official sometime today.

UPDATE: UH announced the official signings of Allen and Raimo this afternoon.

Here was what Ganot had to say about Allen:

“We are very excited to be adding a great player, and committed student to our program. Noah is a high character person with a great work ethic. We feel that his versatility as a player is his biggest strength — he can defend, rebound, pass, and score. He is committed to getting better and is very excited to be joining our program.”

And Ganot on Raimo:

“Zigmars is a leader and brings a wealth of international experience to our program. He has played at the highest level in Europe and for one of the most respected clubs in Latvia — VEF Riga. He brings great versatility to our program with the ability to pass, defend and rebound from different positions.”


  1. warriorrebel May 10, 2016 4:18 pm

    Finally i was getting worried there about not having any post/height players to complement the plethora of guards. Recruit at least two more low post players and i think UH will have competitive season next year.

  2. tsboy May 10, 2016 7:30 pm

    Noah Allen is a great player? his stats are almost zero in all his years at UCLA. coach is going to have to get some way better players than this if UH is even going to be competitive next year. i don’t know about you but i’m getting very worried about the coming season. may be a first to worst.

  3. Hoosier May 10, 2016 8:05 pm

    What else is Ganot going to say? That Allen is a warm body to fill out the roster? And you are only worried now about next season? Not gonna be another 28 win year and no one should expect that. Rebuilding year. Takes time. If team is competitive that will be positive. The following year is when we start to see where we are. I, for one, like the recruits so far. They all seem like good fits for Ganot’s system. Only takes one or two players to impact a bb team so I will wait and see and trust the staff

  4. 808warriorfan May 10, 2016 10:04 pm

    GO ‘BOWS …

  5. ALLAN May 11, 2016 2:42 am


  6. cappie the dog May 11, 2016 5:39 am

    Noah Allen was deemed by a Power 5 conference as somebody worth recruiting. That is good enough for me. Hawaii had great-to-middling success with Nebraska transfer Christian Standhardinger and USC transfer Davis “You Should Have Taken the City Bus” Rozitis. The guy whom Keith Shamberger seemed to despise was considerably better than the other seven footers who suited up for UH. He did more than just stand there and be tall.

    Allen’s numbers are misleading.

    With extended minutes, Manroop Clair had a decent season for Seattle U., scoring twenty or more points three times this season against WAC competition.

    Allen could turn out be our leading scorer.

    I appreciate all of our recruits who chose Hawaii under these circumstances.

    I believe in Ganot.

    I believe in Beeman.

    I hope the defection of Megan Huff will galvanize the Na Wahine, like the men when Isaac Fleming departed.

  7. cappie the dog May 11, 2016 5:41 am

    Mr. Hoosier, what is your take on the firing of Frank Vogel?

    Crazy or super-crazy?

  8. Hoosier May 11, 2016 6:35 am

    Crazy to fire Vogel. To me it is like Bulls firing Thibs. Now everyone wants more offense and to be like Golden State but you gotta have the players and everyone forgets that GS is pretty good defensively. Pacers will miss him

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