Allen ready to do it all

Kadeem Allen feels he can do a little bit of everything for Arizona. Read on to see why that is, his thoughts on his own game, and more.

No player in recent UA basketball memory will go into the season as a bigger mystery than Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College product Kadeem Allen. Allen has put up fantastic numbers but, like a lot of junior college kids, has not been seen by the normal amount of scouts.

"Our junior college team didn't have the greatest season by any means," Allen said. "But we played hard and I was happy with how I played. I finished the season averaging 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists and I felt at times I could have done even better than that.

"Defensively, I try to bring the same intensity every game. I try to get up in my player and make it hard for him to do everything with the ball. When a guy does get by anyone, I also try my best to get in there and stop the basket from being scored."

It was this attention to detail that made Allen such a prized commodity despite playing junior college basketball.

"I had some pretty good offers and the schools said they liked the way I play and what I did on defense," Allen said. "I figured out early that I had an ability in that area that could really help my team."

Allen plans on bringing that same tenacity to Tucson.

"It's going to be intense, but I am more than ready to go," he said. "Junior college has been good for me because it has helped me get better in the weight room and on the court. My coaches have helped my game go."

The Arizona coaching staff has communicated with Allen at length about its expectations for next season.

"They want to me to come in and just be ready to do everything, kind of like Nick Johnson did this season," Allen said. "Scoring, playing defense and getting other players points are all things I can do."


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