Marshall Signs Portsmouth’s Star Point Guard

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Portsmouth High School’s all-time leading scorer, Ky’re Allison (Portsmouth, Ohio), signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Marshall, coach Dan D’Antoni announced Friday.

Allison, a 6-foot-2 point guard, broke Craig Tubbs’ PHS record of 1,485 career points with a 26-point game in January against South Point. He finished his high school career with 1,688 points, 656 rebounds, 322 assists and 204 steals. As a senior, he improved his scoring average from 18.1 points per game to 21.5.

“He’s the type of player to pass first and score later, but can do both,” D’Antoni said. “When you’re the all-time leading scorer at your high school and you get invited to the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, those are good things. We’re looking for good things.”

On March 15, Allison was named 2015-16 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio co-Player of the Year with Dantez Walton of Lima Central Catholic.

Allison was a two-time member of the All-Ohio D-III first team as a junior and senior, and earned special mention as a sophomore in 2013-14. He earned All-Ohio Valley Conference first team honors twice, and was named the 2015-16 District 14 and AP Southeastern District Player of the Year.

In his final game as a Trojan, Allison posted 31 points in a 72-58 loss to Eastern Brown in the sectional championship on Feb. 22. It was the sixth 30-point game in his career.

Allison played in the 25th annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Basketball Game on April 9 at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. His high school coach, Eugene Collins, served as an assistant coach for the Ohio All-Stars. Allison contributed four points as Ohio defeated Kentucky, 94-92.

“Ky’re is a highly skilled athlete that has a lot to offer,” Collins said. “He is the most selfless player I have coached in my 26 years of coaching. The bottom line is he wants to win first.”

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