Nets grab Texas one-and-done big man Allen with 22nd pick

"Me being athletic, be able to guard guards in pick-and-rolls, too".

The Brooklyn Nets selected Texas center Jarrett Allen with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, where they hope to have landed a big man who has slipped a little under the radar.

The Nets did not meet with Allen until Wednesday when he got to NY for the draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and never did have an individual workout for him.

"I'm defensively skilled", Allen said, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. "He has not even remotely scratched the surface of what he can do".

The 6-foot-11 Allen averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his only season at Texas. "We're really looking forward to following his progress".

The Nets finished the season with an NBA-worst 20-62 record, and could have held the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft if not for a 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics chose to move down in Thursday's draft by giving the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who began the night by taking Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington.

Allen joins a Nets roster that includes centers Timofey Mozgov, acquired this week in the Lakers trade that also brought point guard D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, and backup Justin Hamilton.

Without top picks to rebuild the Nets, Marks made his big move earlier in draft week. Russell was the second pick in the 2015 draft.

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