Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, indicating that it may be a gamble, said Tuesday that he has offered troubled basketball player Clifford Allen a scholarship and hopes "now that he has somewhere to go, it might make a difference."
The 6-foot 10-inch Allen, a former reform school inmate, is considered by college coaches as a major prospect even though he has never played in high school. He currently is awaiting a review board's decision on allegations that he violated his parole, which has made his future at Carson High School unclear.
But Tarkanian said he mailed a letter of intent to Allen that is expected to be signed today, the first day of the early signing period during which players can accept scholarships.
"We don't know what is going to happen with the current situation, but we'll sign him anyway," Tarkanian said.
Allen has played against current Rebel players Eldridge Hudson, also from Carson, and Mark Wade, the California junior college player of the year from El Camino College, in summer tournaments and, according to Tarkanian, had hoped to go to Las Vegas.