Lavoy Allen is an NBA player for the Indiana Pacers. He was selected in the 2nd Round, 50th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The son of a truck driver, Allen did not play much basketball until eighth grade. He went to high school at Pennsbury High School and was coached by Frank Sciolla. He was ranked as the 14th best center in his class, and the 110th overall prospect. Allen committed to Temple University and coach Fran Dunphy.
Temple reached the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons that Allen played there. He was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Team honoree and a two-time All-Atlantic 10 First Team recipient. In his junior year, he became the first Temple player to average a double-double since Ollie Johnson accomplished the feat in 1970-71. Allen declared for early entry in the 2010 NBA draft, but later withdrew prior to the deadline. As a senior, Allen surpassed Johnny Baum as the all-time leading rebounder in Temple history. He was the recipient of the Robert V. Geasey Trophy honoring the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year. Coach Dunphy has said about Allen that "might be the smartest player I've ever coached."