NORTH LITTLE ROCK - There are certainly many Arkansas basketball fans that hope North Little Rock’s KeVaughn Allen - a Florida commit - will be a Razorback when things are all said and done.
Reportedly Arkansas is open to the possibility and would go back in to recruit Allen (6-3, 190) last season’s Gatorade Player of the Year in the state - if he de-commits from the Gators.
But as of Saturday night - despite calling off a press conference in November and not signing with Florida - Allen said he still plans to sign with the Gators in the spring.
I just decided that I wanted to sign later,” Allen said. “I am still committed to Florida. It’s been kind of quiet since I made that decision.”
Arkansas signed just one player in the November signing in Columbia, Mo., Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt, who is ranked as the 55nd-best player in the country in the 2015 class by Scout.com.
Allen - regarded as the nation’s 58th- best player by Scout.com, had 12 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday as his team used a 19-1 run to rally past Memphis Mitchell 62-51 in the Battle of the Border.
“As you know, KeVaughn is a different kid, doesn’t talk much, doesn’t let you know what he is thinking,” North Little Rock head coach Johnny Rice said. “Coaches that came in here didn’t know what was up with him because he is the same all the time - quiet and to himself.
“As far as schools, he told me he wanted to sign in the spring and that’s been about it,” Rice added. “I’m sure if he changes his mind with Florida, coaches will come storming in here. But he says he is still committed to Florida.
“He is becoming more vocal on the court this season and that’s something that we need from him,” Rice continued. “We have a different team this season and he has to be more of a leader than just one of the guys.”
Allen, who had a season-high 39 points in North Little Rock’s loss to Forrest City in the Rumble on the Ridge finals, gets that.
He, Arkansas football commit K.J. Hill and junior Adrian Moore are all spending time at point guard after Anton Beard moved on to the University of Arkansas.
“This year my role is to score more and be more of a vocal leader than just leading by example,” Allen said. “I am still trying to learn the point guard position and be more comfortable there.”
North Little Rock has not gotten off to good starts, something Allen says has to be remedied.
“We have got to get started quicker and pick it up in the first half,” Allen said. “We can’t start off slow. We have got to pick it up in the first half, bring more energy and get more rebounds.”
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