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Former Cecil Kirk hoops standouts narrowing lists

On Monday, Anthony Lewis saw former Lake Clifton standout Cleveland Melvin commit to DePaul. Now the longtime Cecil Kirk AAU basketball coach is helping two other former players find new homes.

Lewis said Monday that former Lake Clifton standout Antoine Allen and ex-Forest Park star Antoine Myers will sign with Division I programs later this spring.

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Lewis said Allen, who decided to transfer from Miami after his freshman season, is looking at Marshall, UNC-Wilmington and Arizona. In 17 appearances for the Hurricanes last season, Allen averaged 2.9 points and 0.8 rebounds. He shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range, and was named to the ACC's All-Academic team.

Allen was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection in 2008. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound combo guard averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Lakers, who won the Baltimore City and Class 3A North regional championships in 2008.After graduating from Lake Clifton, Allen spent a postgrad season at Mississippi Elite Christian Academy. He considered scholarship offers from Central Florida, Florida State, Providence and Virginia before committing to the Hurricanes in Feb. 2009.

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Myers visited Rutgers with Melvin earlier this month and will take a trip to UNC-Wilmington with Allen. In addition to the Scarlet Knights and Seahawks, Myers is also considering Marshall.

A 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard, Myers graduated from Forest Park in 2009 and enrolled last fall at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Crusaders coach Ryan Hurd predicted in October that Myers would "have a ton of options."

"Sometimes you hear people talk about a kid having an extra gear. He's got one of those gears and when he puts it on, he just flies by people," Hurd said. "We have to work on getting everything together all the time, but when that stuff clicks, he can go anywhere from the Big East to the America East."

Baltimore Sun photo of Antoine Allen by Patrick Smith / April 3, 2009

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