FORT SMITH - North Little Rock junior shooting guard KeVaughn Allen is a very soft-spoken young man, but his basketball ability speaks very loudly for him.
That was showcased again this past weekend as Allen (6-3, 180) put forth an all-tournament performance as the Charging Wildcats (10-1) took home a second straight Coca-Cola Classic title.
Allen had 15 points in a 69-57 championship game win over Springdale – a performance that include five straight points late that helped North Little Rock put away a previously unbeaten Red Bulldogs squad.
"I am just going out and playing hard and trying to be more aggressive and be more vocal on the court," Allen said. "That's kind of hard for me because I am so quiet, but (Arkansas point guard signee) Anton (Beard) is helping me with that and I am getting a little louder out there."
Allen is a 5-star prospect and the 23rd best player in the 2015 class nationally per ESPN.com and four-star prospect on all the other major recruiting services' rankings.
He already has offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, UConn, Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, Virginia and Mississippi State and interest from Louisville, Kansas and Florida.
"He is just doing his thing," Charging Wildcats head coach Johnny Rice said. "Without the basketball in his hand, he is the best player we have got as far as reading and making the proper cuts and decisions like.
"He is just very, very mature away from the ball," Rice added. "A lot of players are good with the ball in their hands, but he is really good away from the ball as well."
Allen is impressed with what Arkansas (10-2) has done so far this season.
"I really think Arkansas is coming on as a team and a program," Allen said. "I can tell this year that they are really looking to do some stuff. I really love those coaches and players and certainly can see myself playing there."
He is in no hurry to make his college decision.
"I am just really going to be looking at where I fit in, do I get along with the coaches and the players," Allen said. "But I am not even going to be thinking about recruiting during our season. I'm just trying to help us win a second title."
Allen was a key cog last season as a sophomore and was named the MVP of the Class 7A State tournament.
He is the only starter back from that championship team and has been meshing with a plethora of transfers into the program.
"This is a new group," Allen said. "We have been playing pretty well and playing as a team lately and not just playing one-on-one."
North Little Rock's lone loss this season has been to Little Rock Parkview, but the Charging Wildcats have responded with five straight wins.
That includes two wins at the Snow Jam in Milwaukee and three while taking the Coca Cola Classic.
"We had fun in Milwaukee," Allen said. "We went down there knowing that we had to play hard every minute and they would be tough games. We really competed hard and didn't want to get showed up."
Allen's Not Shy On The Court
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