“I had a fantastic year personally here at Texas,” Allen continued. “I had fun and learned so much. I learned that things are going to be tougher than you think, but you have to learn how to respond to adversity. And I’ve matured a lot as a person.”
During his freshman season, Allen claimed All-Big 12 Conference Third Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team accolades. He also earned a spot on the 10-person United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VII Team.
Allen recorded 12 double-doubles on the season (tied for third-highest total by a UT freshman in school history), including eight in Big 12 Conference play. He also ranked fourth on the UT freshman season chart in total rebounds (278) and fourth in rebounding average (8.4 rpg).
Texas finished the 2016-17 season with a dismal 11-22 record.