Allen To Announce Release Decision Thursday

North Little Rock head coach Johnny says that star KeVaughn Allen - who talked with Florida head coach Michael White on Tuesday morning - has decided to announce on Thursday whether he will go ahead with asking for a release from the Gators.

North Little Rock basketball star Kevaughn Allen will make a decision public Thursday about whether to ask Florida for his release from the national letter-of-intent he signed last month.

Allen (6-3, 180) decided to ask for the release per stepfather John Curry after Gators head coach Billy Donovan left for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and before meeting with new Florida head coach Michael White.

White and Allen met over the weekend and talked again on Tuesday morning per North Little Rock head coach Johnny Rice.

“I talked to (his) step dad and he said KeVaughn talked to Coach White today and will wait until Thursday to decide to (officially) ask for release or not,” Rice said.

Allen averaged 25.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 and 3.1 steals last season and was named the state tournament MVP after leading his program to a third straight state title.

He committed to Florida over Arkansas, Memphis and others in April of 2014 and then signed with the Gators on April 16, 2015.

At his Monday introductory press conference, White noted that he thought Florida would sell itself.

“I’m not into begging,” White said. “I think this place, to a certain extent, sells itself. I think all four of these guys obviously chose the University of Florida for a lot of the right reasons, really all the right reasons.

“Florida sells itself. This institution sells itself. But they wanted to play for Coach Donovan. I understand them having second thoughts. I understand that. I appreciate that. I accept it.”

The NLI is a “contract between a prospective student-athlete and a school, not an agreement between individuals” and thus the Gators don’t have to release player.

But White says he will not deny those requests if come in.

“If those guys want to be here, I’d love to have them,” White said. “If not, we’d love to help them find the right place for them."

Arkansas and Memphis are thought to be the two most likely landing spots for Allen if he does as expected and asks for the release.

If he ends up a Razorback, he would join a 2015 recruiting class that also includes Columbia Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt (6-4, 170), Huntington, W.V. Prep power forward Ted Kapita (6-9, 240) and Colorado transfer small forward and former Texarkana area standout Dustin Thomas (6-7, 225), who will sit out next season.

Arkansas also hopes to land Charlotte, N.C., Victory Christian center Ebuka Izundu (6-10, 210), who will announce his decision Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. CST between the Razorbacks, Miami and Cincinnati.

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