Joe Allen, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in Bradley's fabled basketball history, is also remembered as one of the most courageous and determined performers ever to play the game. A crippling knee injury required a permanent brace throughout his career, but injuries never diminished his amazing shooting accuracy.
A hefty 6' 6", Allen was unstoppable once he got the ball in the pivot area and scored 1,763 points in his three varsity seasons (1966-68). His career average of 22.3 is surpassed only by the 24.4 of Chet Walker. He is also No. 4 on the all-time rebounding list with 865 in 79 games.
He was named a Helms All-American in both 1967 and 1968, was a member of the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in 1966-67-68 and was named to the Sugar Bowl All-Tournament team in 1966.
In 1967-68, his senior season, he led all NCAA Division I players when he shot .655%, hitting 258 of 394 shots. He also owns the school's career field goal mark, producing 672 field goals in 1,116 shots for .602%.
After his playing days were over, he returned to Bradley to be an assistant coach. He also played professional basketball in Italy and was named the leagueís MVP for three straight years.