After hosting a wave of top high school prospects in recent weeks, the Arizona Wildcats are turning their recruiting attention to a junior college player.
Combo guard Kadeem Allen of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College was scheduled to leave Thursday night to visit the Wildcats, according to Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com.
A 6-foot-3-inch sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., Allen was named MVP of the Kansas Jayhawk Western Division as a freshman last season, averaging 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and Winton said he’s likely a top-5 or top-10 junior college sophomore this season.
Allen also gained attention playing in a showcase event during the summer, when he attracted Kansas’ attention. As it turned out, Winton said, Kansas called Allen on Thursday to offer him a scholarship before he left for Arizona.
“He kind of blew up last year,” Winton said. “It seemed as if Arizona was the leader but Kansas offered him. He hasn’t mentioned a ton of other schools.”
According to the Wichita Eagle, Allen has also received offers from Kansas State, Marquette, Nebraska, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana and Miami (Fla.).
Allen played mostly off the ball last season, but Winton said he is expected to play point guard mostly this season. UA could use a combo guard for its 2014 class, which as of now includes only point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and power forward Craig Victor, and the Wildcats will lose at least senior Jordin Mayes from their backcourt after this season.
“He really understands the game well and has a good feel for things,” Winton said of Allen. “He’s a good passer, a very good defender on and off the ball and can guard the one or two spot.”
Winton said Allen is an athletic slasher who is also a “pretty good shooter” from midrange and beyond. Allen shot 43.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free-throw line last season.
After visiting Arizona officially last weekend, Phoenix Sunnyslope big man Michael Humphrey has an unclear timetable to decide between Arizona and Stanford.
“It was great!” Humphrey said of his UA visit via text message. “As far as a decision goes, I don’t know when I will decide. Just letting it all sink in.”
According to 247Sports.com analyst Jerry Meyer, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins made an in-home visit to Humphrey on Monday. Humphrey has already taken an official visit to Stanford.
Peters likely out
Transfer forward Zach Peters is still not cleared for full contact and therefore is unlikely to play in UA’s exhibition game Monday against Augustana (S.D.) College.
UA spokesman Cory Walton said Thursday that Peters is “continuing to make progress” but has yet to be cleared fully.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take today off before practicing Saturday and Sunday in advance of Monday’s game.
They have been generally working out four straight days and taking two off, so as to meet the new limits of 30 practices in 42 days before their first regular-season game on Nov. 8 against Cal Poly.
UA eighth in GSR
Arizona finished eighth in the Pac-12 in the men’s basketball NCAA graduation success rate released today with a 64.
The 2012-13 figure measures how many players who enrolled between 2003-06 went on to graduate in a six-year period, and accounts for transfers who leave in good academic standing.
The timeframe means that no players recruited by UA coach Sean Miller were included.
McConnell on PG list
Junior T.J. McConnell is one of 50 players who have been named to the watch list of the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.
The list will be narrowed to 20 in February, to five in March and announced during the Final Four in early April.
The Pac-12 is well-represented on the watch list, with Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss, Oregon’s Dominic Artis, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, Cal’s Justin Cobbs, ASU’s Jahii Carson and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.