July Shooter: KeVaughn Allen

While many directed their attention toward the Peach Jam's most touted stars, KeVaughn Allen established himself as a lethal long-range marksman.

When KeVaughn Allen committed to Florida in late April, his pledge drew a mostly tepid national reaction. Good, respected, low end top-100 player, headed to a elite program to provide depth and continuity.

But Allen proved to be more than that in July. He had played okay at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June but had shot poorly during the EYBL regular season, knocking in just 26 percent (12-46) from three-point territory.

You therefore can imagine everyone's surprise — and Florida's delight — when Allen shot the lights out at the Peach Jam. He attempted more than five threes per contest and buried a whopping 49 percent (21-43) in eight total games for Team Penny, which advanced all the way to the title game. In a hard-fought loss to the Playaz, Allen knocked in 4-10 from deep when his team needed him most.

I'd still be very hesitant to consider Allen a prime shooter, in light of his prior numbers, but his shot mechanics look fine and it certainly doesn't hurt that he closed his grassroots career on such a high note. He'll enter college still mostly known as a great athlete and tough competitor, but even some improvement to his jump shot significantly enhances him as a prospect.

A couple others who warrant mention are Vanderbilt pledge Camron Justice, who bombed in threes at the Peach Jam for the Tennessee Travelers, as well as Wisconsin commit Brevin Pritzl. The future Badger impressed throughout the week in Las Vegas, where he scored 38 points — including five threes — in a single game. He also performed very well at the NY2LA event earlier in the month.


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