Texas forward Jarrett Allen averaged 32 minutes, and 13.4 points for the Texas Longhorns last season. Ray Thompson AP
Texas forward Jarrett Allen averaged 32 minutes, and 13.4 points for the Texas Longhorns last season. Ray Thompson AP

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Nets take Texas center Jarrett Allen with 22nd pick in draft

By David Humphrey

dchumphrey@star-telegram.com

June 22, 2017 09:13 PM

UPDATED June 22, 2017 11:54 PM

The Brooklyn Nets selected University of Texas freshman center Jarrett Allen with the 22nd overall pick Thursday night in the NBA Draft, which was held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 6-foot-11 Allen averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his only season at Texas.

“I think my role will be as a rim protector, being athletic and guard guards on the pick and roll,” Allen said during an ESPN interview.

He shot 56 percent from the field with 25 games of 10 or more points and 14 games with 10 or more rebounds.

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“It’s nice being drafted in my new city,” said Allen, who was one of a record-setting number of freshmen taken in the first round.

Allen had a monster game at Kansas with 22 points and 19 rebounds. He also scored 22 points at TCU.