It looks like the Razorbacks may have a second chance to land the state’s best 2015 basketball prospect.
North Little Rock’s Kevaughn Allen (6-3, 190) has asked for his release from Florida letter-of-intent although the Gators have asked him to wait to see who their new head coach is that is hired.
Allen signed with Florida this spring, but Gators head coach Billy Donovan left to become the new head coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
“When the rumors started about Coach Donovan leaving about two weeks ago, I guess KeVaughn what he thought about that,” Charging Wildcats head coach Johnny Rice said.
“He said ‘I don’t want to go there if Coach Donavan is not going to be there.’ That’s always been the pull for him to go there.”
Allen, who averaged 25.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals this past season, chose Florida over Arkansas, Memphis, Baylor, UConn and others when he committed to the Gators back in April of 2014.
“Arkansas was always up there for him,” said Rice, who has watched Allen lead his program to three state titles in as many years.
John Curry, Allen’s stepdad, called Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Tuesday to talk about the player’s situation.
"I guess the best way to put it is that he is going to keep his options open," Curry said. "...It's coming (asking for his release).Florida has to actually hire somebody before he can ask for his release."
Arkansas is one of the schools that Allen is interested in per Curry.
“There is interest in Arkansas,” Curry added. “He has never disliked Arkansas….Arkansas has always been in his top three.”
Curry made it clear that Allen is making his own decision.
“KeVaughn has always made his own decision when it comes to him going to the college of his choice,” Curry said.
“…We have always said we would back his play no matter what college he goes to, even if it was ASU (Arkansas State University).
“But he chose Florida. It wasn’t like he didn’t like Arkansas…Arkansas was in his top three. But if you have a chance to go be coached by Coach Donovan or Coach Anderson, you are going to go with the more experience guy.
“It’s not like he doesn’t like Arkansas. He would like to play for his home state, for his home team, but he had the opportunity to go play for a top-notch coach.
“That was a decision he made and nobody else made that decision.”
Curry said speculation that Kahn Cotton, who had been Allen’s AAU coach and trainer, had a role in his decision wasn’t true.
“He doesn’t have any control over KeVaughn,” Curry said. “We have done went through that. A lot of people say Kahn makes all the decisions for KeVaughn. That is not true. Point blank. Period.
“…All these coaches came would say Kahn this, Kahn that. This is his future. Kahn doesn’t have to run up and down that court. I don’t have to run up and down the court. KeVaughn has to run up and down the court so that is why he is making his own decision.”
Curry dismissed Cotton’s quotes in a published article that Arkansas did not recruit Allen enough.
“They recruited him just like any other school,” Curry said.
Florida was supposed to come to see Allen on Friday, but Allen postponed that.
“He’ll just wait and see what happens there, but I know that he has always been interested in Arkansas and I know that is a school that he is going to consider,” Rice said.
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