Former Husky Curtis Allen Added to Portland State Staff

Sept. 15, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. - Former University of Washington basketball player Curtis Allen has beenhired to the Portland State basketball coaching staff. PSU Coach KenBone hired Allen, one of his former players, to round out his staff forthe 2005-06 season.

'Curtis is a quality person with great character and someone I amexcited to have on our staff,' said Bone. 'Since we've been around eachother for a few years he understands and has the ability to communicateand teach the philosophies and strategies I believe in. Because of hispersonality, work ethic and passion for the game, I believe he will bevery successful in the coaching profession.'

Allen will be involved in all areas of coaching on the floor for theVikings. He will primarily work with PSU's guards and be heavilyinvolved in recruiting.

Allen, who played at Washington from 2000 to 2004, spent the past yearas an assistant varsity coach at University Prep in Seattle. He alsocoached at Ballard High School over the summer, participated inUniversity of Washington and Seattle Pacific Basketball Camps, andoperated his own camp at the Ballard Boys and Girls Clubs.

While a member of the Huskies basketball team, Allen competed in 117games, starting 51. He was the most accurate free throw shooter inUniversity of Washington history, making 202 of 233 for an .867 mark.Allen also made 151 career three-point field goals to rank second inthat category. He was eighth all-time in assists (286) and tenth insteals (99).

Allen was part of the 2003-04 Husky team that made its first NCAATournament appearance since 1999. Bone was an assistant coach atWashington during Allen's final two seasons.

'I'm excited to work for Coach Bone after being coached by him,' Allensaid. 'Portland State has a growing tradition, and I want to help keepgrowing what has already been built here.'

A native of Tacoma, Washington, where he attended Wilson High School,Allen received a degree in General Studies from the University ofWashington in 2005.

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