Potomac Falls F Wanya Allen closes in on 1,000 career points

January 9

Wanya Allen’s specialty is scoring. But when the Potomac Falls junior power forward isn’t getting the looks he normally generates, he’s just fine with dishing the ball to his teammates.

Allen, averaging roughly 21 points before Wednesday’s game against Dominion, scored a season-low 11 in the Panthers’ 52-46 win over the Titans. Instead of forcing the issue, Allen deferred to his teammates, with A.J. Robinson scoring 18 and Andrew Corum dropping 13.

Potomac Falls power forward Wanya Allen is looking to score his 1,000th career point this weekend. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Potomac Falls power forward Wanya Allen is looking to score his 1,000th career point this weekend. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

“I have trust in all of my teammates,” Allen said. “If I see they have an opportunity, I’m going to give them the ball and let them do their thing. I know they’d do the same for me, so I want to do the same for them.”

Since he was a freshman, Allen has been one of Potomac Falls’ primary scoring options on the court. He’s scored 983 points in two and a half seasons, 17 short of the 1,000-point milestone. He’ll have two chances to crack that threshold this weekend in games against Briar Woods (Friday) and Broad Run (Saturday).

“I hope I do it this weekend but if I don’t, I’ll try to do whatever to get this team a win,” Allen said.

Potomac Falls Coach Jeff Hawes has seen Allen develop as a basketball player since the fifth grade. When Allen was an eighth-grader, he was starting on the junior varsity squad for the Panthers. As a freshman, he logged major minutes with the varsity team, averaging 10.4 points on a team that advanced to the Virginia AA Division 4 semifinals. Hawes said it will be a memorable moment to see Allen, Potomac Falls’ third all-time scorer behind Greg Graves (1,490) and Lukas Mihailovich (1,447), join the 1,000-point club.

“He’s a special player and a special kid,” Hawes said. “He and I have a great relationship, like father-son. I’ll definitely have a little tear in my eye.”

Allen’s hoping to see his recruitment heat up this year. So far, Radford has been the lone school to reach out to him, sending the 6-foot-5 junior handwritten letters. But Hawes believes Allen’s recruitment will pick up soon.

As valuable as Allen has been to Potomac Falls over the past three seasons, Hawes said there’s still some work to do before additional letters begin to roll in.

“He’s probably going to have to play on the wing so he needs to work on his quickness a bit,” Hawes said. “He’ll need to shoot the ball a little more consistent from the perimeter. He’s come a long way with that. But he’s got a lot of little intangibles you can’t coach. He’s a winner, he’s got great instincts. He’s got great footwork. And he’s as good a person as he is a player.”

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