Allen ready for competition

Kadeem Allen has signed with Arizona and is looking forward to the competition. Read on to see what he thinks his role will be, what he is working on, and more.

In the eyes of many UA fans, Hutchinson (Kan.) C.C guard Kadeem Allen is somewhat of a folk hero, as he is a player who has put up outrageous junior college numbers away from the spotlight.

If Allen has his way, the skills he's been fine tuning in anonymity will have him on the national radar by this time next year.

"I would say shooting is the main thing that I'm working on right now because that is what will take my game to the next level" Allen said. "A lot of coaches who were recruiting me told me that I could take my game to the next level by becoming a knockdown shooter, so that is what I'm trying to do.

"Coach Miller wants me to be able to consistently hit the three, so I am working hard on that."

The UA coaching staff has been in steady contact throughout the season with Allen.

"I've been talking with Coach Stoudamire and he tells me they are planning on getting me out there and throwing me in the competition," Allen said. "They like that I'm a little older and versatile as well."

While Allen loves the progress Arizona is making, he is focused in on one player in particular.

"Man, they want me to be like Nick Johnson," Allen said. "We're both combo guards who can do a little bit of everything, so I've been watching him closely.

"I feel we have similar body types and you can tell he puts a lot of pride into playing quality defense, which I will have to do as well."

Allen feels UA's strong support staff will help him transition to Tucson.

"When I visited last season I was impressed by the campus, but the atmosphere around the school was really good.

"The coaches made me feel at home and they told me that this is a tight group of guys who do things the right way and that I will have no trouble fitting in."

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