Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kadeem Allen, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Hutchinson (KS) College, verbally committed to Arizona.
Allen also considered Kansas and Cincinnati.
“I chose Arizona because of the great coaching staff and when I wasn’t playing good ball this summer, coach [Sean] Miller and the entire staff kept their faith in me,” Allen told SNY.tv by text.
Allen averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season.
Hutch assistant Jay Cyriac said Allen was the team’s leading scorer and defender last season.
“He’s a 6-3 combo guard,” Cyriac said. “He can play both positions equally well. He has a knack for scoring. He’s an excellent defensive player. He led the team in scoring and steals last year. He just brings a very high basketball IQ and a defensive mindset that you usually don’t find at a college level. He’ll get his hands on as many balls a as possible and that usually converts to steals and layups.”
Said Allen: “I will still play my same game, being aggressive on defense, being aggressive on offense, getting my teammates better and being a leader out on the court.”
He joins Los Angeles point guard Parker Jackson-Cartright and New Orleans power forward Craig Victor in Arizona’s 2014 class.
The news was previously reported by the Arizona Daily Star.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.