Incoming Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen capped his two straight all-American seasons at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College by being named the NJCAA Player of the Year today.
Allen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard from Wilmington, N.C., averaged 25.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season while becoming the first-ever two-time juco all-American in Blue Dragons history.
He had eight double-doubles and set school records for free throws (276) and free-throw attempts (371) while his 194 assists were fourth-best in Hutchinson history.
Allen scored 30 or more points in 13 games this season while leading injury plagued Hutchinson to a 26-8 record. He finished his two-year career with the Blue Dragons as the No. 3 scorer in school history, with 1,425 points.
All this scoring came on top of a freshman season when Allen was forced to play point guard out of necessity. As a sophomore, he was a shooting guard.
"I just felt I much freer," Allen said. "It was a big role. I knew I had to step up. In the summertime, I worked on my shot and I had a great teammates who gave me the ball and allowed me to play."
The announcements over the NBA should start coming in this week, and there's already a report that Aaron Gordon will do just that.
Anyone who filed for a report from the NBA over their draft status is scheduled to receive it today and the deadline to declare for the draft is April 27.
The NCAA's "withdrawal" deadline is Tuesday. It means nothing as long as a player simply doesn't declare first but is a deadline college coaches pushed for so they could have some early clarity on what their last-minute recruiting needs might be (and the spring signing period begins Wednesday, when Dusan Ristic will be able to sign his letter-of-intent).