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Allen a product of Stillwater revival

Updated: April 3, 2004, 12:43 PM ET
By Pete Thamel | Special to ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- The prop plane teetered as it descended to Stillwater Municipal Airport. Tony Allen peered out the window in disbelief of what he saw.

Outside, for miles on end, Allen saw Steinbeck's cracked earth, the infinite flatlands of northern Oklahoma.

"I thought it was a desert," Allen said. "And it was quiet, real quiet."

But for Allen, who hails from Chicago's hardscrabble South Side, the desert has been fertile.

In just two seasons, the junior college transfer ...

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