KeVaughn Allen at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest

KeVaughn Allen, one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2015, was at the inaugural Gulf Coast Hoop Fest in Biloxi, Mississippi supporting his 16U Arkansas Soldierz teammates from the bench due to a minor injury.

  • Name: KeVaughn Allen
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: North Little Rock (AR) High School
  • AAU Team: Arkansas Soldierz
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-2, 175
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, UConn (all have offered)

  • Although Allen wasn't on display at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest last weekend due to a minor injury, Arkansas Soldierz 16U head coach Kahn Cotton described the type player that Allen is.

    "He is a very athletic, skilled player who plays the game hard with absolutely no emotion on his face," said Cotton.

    He's also an unselfish player who tries to make his teammates better.

    "I would describe myself as a good player who tries to help everybody else on the court," said Allen. "I just try to be a good team player"

    Offensively, he's a versatile player who has an inside and outside game.

    "Offensively, I like to attack the rim," said Allen. "If teams don't give me that, then I'll just shoot it. I'm more of a mid-range type shooter."

    Despite just being in the 10th grade, he's already received several offers.

    "His offers right now are from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Florida, UConn, Baylor, Memphis and Louisville," said Cotton. "Baylor and Florida made the first offers when he was in the 8th grade. He played some 17U and had a pretty good summer and he also showed well at the Fab Freshman Camp that summer."

    Allen is being proactive with his recruitment, having visited several colleges this past year.

    "I went to Arkansas, Mississippi State and Memphis games," said Allen. "I went to all three to see how they enjoy being on the team, how they like playing with each other, and how the atmosphere is there."

    During his Mississippi State visit he had the chance to also take in a football game.

    "I went to a Mississippi State football game," said Allen. "At halftime they recognized the basketball team, so we just went to the football game to enjoy ourselves."

    He had a great time while at Mississippi State.

    "I loved it," said Allen. "I loved how they practiced, how they worked hard and really got after it. They don't let anything get by them. They just do what they do."

    Considered a tough player by his head AAU coach, Allen came away impressed with the approach that Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray showed during his practice session.

    "What I liked about Coach Ray was no matter who you are or how good you are if you don't practice hard he's going to let you know, tell you about it," said Allen.

    Keep it on as we continue to follow KeVaughn Allen's recruitment.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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