Stanford University will get a double dose of talent this fall when Marcus Allen
and his twin brother, Malcolm Allen
, enroll on full basketball scholarships.
They not only formed a dynamic backcourt at Centennial (Las Vegas)
, but also shared valedictorian honors. They wouldn't recognize a grade other than an "A."
As a senior the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Marcus paced the Bulldogs in scoring (28.0), rebounds (5.4) and steals (3.6) while also averaging 3.7 assists. Malcolm (6-2, 175) was the leader in assists (4.9), but also averaged an impressive 22.7 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Though offered scholarships from many colleges, they chose Stanford, first of all, for its academics. No wonder because their mother, Trina Wiggins, is a Stanford graduate and a pediatrician. Their father, Cal Allen, is an OB-GYN.
Marcus told the Las Vegas Review-Journal
, "It's the culture in our household."
Malcolm added, "It's kind of a no-brainer. They're the best combination of academics and athletics."
The proud mother said, "They're amazing. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if this is actually real. They worked so hard so long, to see their dreams come true just makes me feel really good as a mom."