Maryland recruit Seth Allen figures he is only back to 75 percent of his normal self, but the Fredericksburg Christian senior guard is happy to be back on the basketball court after missing five weeks because of a broken bone is his left (shooting) hand.
“I’m just trying to get my rhythm back,” Allen said Thursday. “It’s difficult. Some games are harder than others.”
Allen returned to action Feb. 2 and in six games has put together two 31-point games and two games in single figures. The hardest thing, he said, is finding the range with his jump shot; he is 37 of 106 from the field and 14 of 52 from three-point range since his return.
“I’m hesitant to flick my wrist,” he said. “I’m feeling more comfortable with my shooting, but the bone is still cracked. One hit can really mess it up, but it’s okay.”
Fredericksburg Christian comes to the Washington area Saturday to play St. James in the Presidential Hoopfest at Wise. The five-game event features fifth-ranked Riverdale Baptist playing 12th-ranked Coolidge in the nightcap at 8:30.
Allen expects plenty of Maryland fans in attendance when Fredericksburg Christian plays at 5:30 and hopes to show his prolific scoring ability. For the time being, though, he is trying to strengthen his hand, gripping a red stress ball the size of a tennis ball everywhere he goes. He still struggles to make fist.
“I knew it was going to stiffen up because I was in a cast for so long,” Allen said. “I’m really excited [for Saturday]. I didn’t think I was going to come back” this season.