As Allen’s camp was wrapping up, Travis Ford emerged on the GIA floor to greet him. Ford then gave him a grand tour of the new facilities, including the multi-million dollar locker room, which is adorned with pictures of Allen, among other OSU greats.
“It was the first time I’ve been able to spend a good amount of time with him,” Ford said. “He’s really just a great guy. Energetic, really nice, talkative. And what a success story.”
After the tour, Allen stuck around for an extended conversation with Ford and his basketball support staff.
Within it, they mentioned a developing plan to honor the 10th anniversary of Allen’s 2004 Final Four team at one of this season's conference games, with the hope of holding it during the NBA’s All-Star weekend, so Allen can attend.
“I like to see it like this,” Allen said of the state of the OSU program. “And if the schedule opens up, I would love to come back and visit more. I’m glad to see that they are going to be top-five next year, so it’s all good for me. I get to brag in the locker room.”