John Allen - Up Close

Nickname: J to the A

Favorite cold cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Favorite Steve Cleveland quote: "There needs to be an attention to detail."

Why did you choose to play Basketball over other sports: It's the most fun.

Before a Basketball game, I: take a nap and a shower.

How did you spend your off-season: working for my pops.

Who has had the greatest influence on your Basketball career and why: My dad, because of all those one-on-one games in the driveway.

What do you want to be doing 20 years from now: coaching my kids sports teams.

Who is the best player you've ever faced: Rashard Lewis

The dirtiest team I've ever played is: Waller High School

What would you like to do sometime in your life: Learn how to ski.

One place you would like to visit: Spain

If you could play another position, what would it be: Center

How did you select your jersey number: I didn't.

What is your favorite hobby or activity away from Basketball: movies.

The best book I've ever read: Crime and Punishment

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Humanities 201 and 202

What is your most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Walking on at BYU.

If you had to give up all of your possessions except one, what would be the one thing you kept and why: my photos.

My favorite scripture: Ether 12:27

My favorite website is: www.cnnsi.com.

My advice to youngsters: Listen to your parents.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: At one time I was a great swimmer.

If I were on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the person I'd call for my lifeline is: My old neighbor, Kyle, because he actually won College Jeopardy.

If I could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: Gordon B. Hinckley, Alan Greenspan and Colin Powell.

On game day: My friends come to the game and my parents listen to it on the radio and occasionally watch it on TV.