Arizona’s men’s basketball program earned a commitment from junior college All-American Kadeem Allen on Monday. Allen, a 6-foot-3 guard coming out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, is arguably the best junior college player in the country.
While Allen’s versatility and athleticism as a player have never questioned, his tenacity and work ethic have. The New Hanover, N.C., native led his high school team to two state championships in four years and averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior, but what his academics held him back from playing at a Division I school.
At Hutchinson, after averaging 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for one of the top junior college programs in the nation, Allen was subsequently named an All-American and MVP of the Kansas Jayhawk Conference’s Western Division.
He will join point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and power forward Craig Victor in next year’s recruiting class.