Outlook: Kadeem Allen

Kadeem Allen is a bit of an unknown this season. Read on to see what type of season one writer believes the former junior college product can have.

After a redshirt season, junior guard Kadeem Allen is ready to showcase his talents for Arizona next year.

At 6-foot-3, Allen possesses great size for a combo guard and it will be interesting to see how Sean Miller divides up the minutes between Allen, Allonzo Trier, Gabe York and Elliott Pitts.

There's a clear log-jam for playing time on the perimeter. York and Trier are the two front runners to take the bulk of the minutes, but Allen is an unknown and he could very well surprise as a steady option on the wing.

The ideal situation is that Allen sees everything click enough to be able to defend multiple positions, but that remains to be seen.

As a former JUCO player of the year, Allen displayed great scoring prowess along with defensive potential. The accolades look and sound good, but many are wondering how Allen's junior college success will translate to the Division I style of play.

The truth is until Allen hits the floor, there will be no straight answer in regards to his acclimation to Arizona's system. The talent is there and Allen has a great coaching staff behind him, but it's a wait and see situation.

Realistically, Allen will come off the bench and provide another scoring threat for the second unit. It's looking like Trier and York will compete for the starting shooting guard position.

If it plays out this way Allen will not have a diminished role. In fact, it's quite the contrary, as he will be tasked with a large chunk of the scoring load for the bench unit.

This new-look Wildcats team has the potential to be a lot of fun, but in order to reach its full potential guys like Allen have to step up.


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