Top JUCO Guard chooses Arizona after Visit

Kadeem Allen shown above, should fit very nicely in Sean Miller's offense out in Tucson, Arizona.

Junior college standout guard Kadeem Allen announced earlier today, that he has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, according to one of his coaches at Hutchinson Community College of Kansas. Allen just came off of a visit to Arizona over the weekend and it didn’t take to long to make a decision. A 6’3, 170 lb sophomore combo guard from Wilmington, N.C., Allen was named a junior college All American and MVP of the Kansas Jayhawk Western Division as a freshman last season, while averaging 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists.Coming out of high school, Allen was a borderline high major prospect. His athleticism was never a concern, but his work ethic and desire were. He didn’t get the grades to go to college immediately, so Allen ended up at Hutchinson. Allen will join two high school players in the Wildcats' 2014 recruiting class so far: Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright of Los Angeles and power forward Craig Victor of New Orleans. He played mostly at the two guard, but is expected to play more point guard this season. Assuming no early departures from the Wildcat backcourt, he is expected to provide depth at both guard positions next season and then compete for a starting role in 2015.


Allen was reportedly getting interest from several schools, including Kansas, Kansas State, Marquette, Nebraska, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana and Miami. There's an element of late bloomer to this young man. Played three years at Wilmington Laney HS (duly noted Michael Jordan’s alma mater) before transferring his senior season to New Hanover. His game is predicated on athleticism, getting in the lane and finishing at the rim. Good, not great shooter, but has a body that lends itself to contact. Confidence sky rocketed senior year and he was an all-state player. He’s known as a playmaker who can do pretty much anything you ask from him. Coach Sean Miller’s should be very excited to have this young man on board, because he is going to be able to use him in many different roles because he’s so versatile.

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Rob Dauster