Story courtesy of TheSummitLeague.org
by David Driver
In the third and final installment of a three-part series leading into The Summit League Basketball Championships, we take a look at another former student-athlete now playing pro basketball overseas. David Driver, a writer who has covered overseas basketball for more than 10 years, touched base with former Oral Roberts standout Dominique Allen.
Allen was born in England in 1989 and finished her college career at Oral Roberts playing 31 games during the 2011-12 season. She was part of ORU's regular-season championship squads in 2010 and 2011, advancing to The Summit League Championship Game in 2010.
Allen averaged nearly 11 points and eight rebounds per game in her first pro season, 2012-13 in Italy. She then played in France in 2013-14, and averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Allen spent the 2014-15 season with a team in the Czech Republic and averaged 6.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. She began the 2015-16 season with a team in Austria and then moved to a league in Germany. She had eight points for Chemnitz in a game in mid-January and one of her teammates was a fellow Summit League alumnae, Brooke LeMar, a Californian who finished her college career with North Dakota State in 2015.
DD: Where are you playing now and what is the city like?
Allen: I am currently living in Chemnitz, Germany. I only recently arrived at this club so I haven't had the time to really have a look around the city. So far everyone has been extremely nice and welcoming. The club provides a fully-furnished apartment and a team car. We live very close to the city center and our gym, so everything is in walking distance. In my free time I like to explore the city, do some sightseeing and get to know the culture of the city I'm living in. I love exploring new places and experiencing a new culture.
DD: When did you finish up at Oral Roberts?
Allen: I graduated four years ago and I've played professionally in five different countries since then and each country is very different. The Summit League prepared me extremely well for playing professionally in Europe. The intensity of practices and games definitely helped me transition from college athlete to a professional.
DD: Where did you grow up and where have you played pro ball?
Allen: I'm English and I played in England until I was 18 and left to attend Oral Roberts University. Since 2012, I have played in Bologna, Italy; Calais, France; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria and Chemnitz, Germany.
DD: What are the biggest challenges that you face playing overseas?
Allen: The only challenges I find off the court is finding something to do with my spare time. On the court can be hard if there is a language barrier, and getting used to the style of play in that country. There are three Americans on the team and our coach is also American.
DD: What has it been like to play pro basketball away from your native country?
Allen: The most amazing thing about playing overseas is how many different people from different countries you get to meet. I love how much I get to travel and see places that I would never have the chance to see if it wasn't for basketball. One of my favorite memories was when I got to take my mum to Florence and Milan while I was playing in Italy. My favorite city that I have played in was Vienna. Vienna is the most beautiful city with so many things to do.