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Student-Athlete Profile: Rosco Allen
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/13/2012

Dec. 13, 2012

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With four non-conference games remaining before the Pac-12 opener on Jan. 3, Stanford continues to establish its starting rotation while identifying roles for key reserves off the bench. It's unclear which category Rosco Allen may fit into at the moment, but it's very likely the Cardinal rookie will be making an impact.

Eight games into the season, Allen is averaging 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game. Allen has provided the Cardinal with a lift almost exclusively off the bench, totaling a season-high six points in two different games. The coaching staff felt Allen's recent play was solid enough to earn a starting nod, and the 6-9 forward responded with a five-point, six-rebound effort in 15 minutes during his first career start against Denver on Dec. 2.

Allen arrived on The Farm as a highly-touted recruit from a stacked Bishop Gorman High School team in Las Vegas, so the early production may have been expected by some. But just like any other first-year player, Allen has experienced the usual bumps that come along with transitioning to the college game. That's actually the easy part for Allen, who has spent much of his life adapting in one way or another.


Cardinal fans may not be aware you were born in Budapest, Hungary, and first came over to the U.S. in sixth grade before attending high school in Las Vegas. It's enough to reflect a recent switch in your hometown listing.
"Hungary is definitely my home. That's where I grew up. That's where I learned everything. That's where I fell in love with the game of basketball. My mom is really proud of her Hungarian heritage, and I just want to honor that and make her happy. I usually call my grandma once every two weeks or so, and I speak Hungarian to her. My parents have yet to attend a game in person but they have seen a few on TV."

Describe what that initial transition was like for you.
"When I first moved to the U.S. it was definitely a culture shock. It was completely different- night and day. As the years went on, I adjusted. Basketball-wise, it is pretty much the same everywhere. It's just a little bit different style, as far as the play goes. I would say there is a lot more focus on driving and things like that. In Budapest, it was very much more of a shooting game. It was just an adjustment I had to make and become familiar with."

Has basketball always been your first sport growing up?
"I started out playing soccer, just like pretty much everyone else. It's the biggest sport in Hungary, so everyone loves that. I wasn't too good at it, so then I moved over to goalie. I just wasn't very good with my feet, so I figured I would start playing a position where I could use my hands. After that, my dad just said, `I love you for playing soccer and you can keep doing that, I just won't be able to help you as much.' He told me how he played basketball, and that if I wanted to try that, he could definitely help me there. So that's how it all started. My mom also played basketball in high school, but not at the same level as my dad."

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Talk about your on-court transition from high school to college. You were a key contributor for a highly-successful Bishop Gorman squad that captured three Nevada 4A state titles.
"I felt like Bishop Gorman definitely prepared me well for this transition. We played a national schedule and got to play against some very good competition. The juniors and seniors on that team really pushed me to get better. Still, it's nowhere near playing against D-I guys every day. Even in our daily practices; just by going up against tougher, older guys with big bodies like Stef and Dwight. It's been a great experience. I've also become really good friends with Christian (Sanders) and Grant (Verhoeven) and we help keep each other in check and take care of our business on and off the court. Those guys have become a great support system; really our entire team is like that. You get a real sense of family."

We're only nine games into the season, but it's easy to see that you will have an important role on this team. You look pretty smooth out there, pass the ball well and have a knack for drawing contact and getting to the foul line.
"I definitely just try to stay aggressive and play my game. Whenever someone is off balance or leaves their feet in the air, I try to make an effort to jump into them and get those easy ones. I just want to contribute to the team even more. That means each day trying to get better and really focus on helping the team. I'm trying to just be aggressive on offense and defense. Create turnovers, grab rebounds and really make the most of my opportunities when I get them."

You guys are wrapping up the two-week break for final exams. That's more time off between games than most schools, and it's interesting to see how the freshmen handle it. Have you ever experienced such a long break during competition?
"I've never been a part of a schedule like that, where you get such a long break in midseason. I understand it, of course, with finals and everything. It's great to take a break and just focus on studying. I've also been trying to use this time off to get the body recovered. Playing against bigger guys definitely has taken a larger toll on my body than I originally expected. So this is a good break just to get back to the court and get healthy."

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- Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations



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