LITTLE ROCK - One of the brightest stars in the Real Deal on the Rock AAU Tournament this weekend was playing in the 15-and-under division.
North Little Rock's KeVaughn Allen – just finishing up his ninth grade year but known because of his AAU and Elite Camp performances – shined while leading the Arkansas Soldierz to a runner-up finish in the event.
Allen (6-3, 165) already has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Memphis, Arizona, Louisville, Nebraska and Florida even thought he has yet to play a high school game.
"It (getting offers) started last year and then again at the beginning of this year," Allen said. "…I just want to show that I am a good player, a good teammate and will work hard to be the best and just come out here and compete."
Allen was described by ESPN.com as the most explosive player at the 2011 Fab Frosh Camp and named one of the top 20 players at the event.
He was also named a top five prospect at the Junior Elite Showcase All-America camp in Louisville last September.
Allen, whose team lost to the Compton Magic in the finals, is also ranked as the 12th-best player nationally in the 2015 class by sportspresstv.com.
"Part of it is that I work out every morning at 5 a.m. every morning, work hard and try to be the best," Allen said.
Soldierz head coach Kahn Cotton knows he has a special player.
"He is just very consist and doesn't try to rush things and always just lets the game come to him," Cotton said. "That sometimes makes me mad because at times I just want him to take over and instead he just lets things come to him."
Allen, who says he patterns his game after former Arkansas star and current NBA player Joe Johnson, played last summer in the inaugural Franchise Classic Memorial in Harlem, N.Y.
He was the lone 2015 prospect on a team that also included 2012 standouts such as Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin, Memphis signee Shaq Goodwin and Ole Miss signee Martavious Newby.
Goodwin had 46 points in that game, which also featured top 2013 and 2014 prospects nationally.
Allen said he was a fan of Arkansas and looks forward to seeing the campus soon.
"I like them," Allen said. "I just want to go to the campus and see the campus."
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