4-Star KeVaughn Allen Visits MSU

North Little Rock High School 2015 four-star guard KeVaughn Allen unofficially visited Mississippi State this past weekend. He talked with GenesPage.com about the visit.

  • Name: KeVaughn Allen
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: North Little Rock (AR) High School
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-2, 175
  • Scout.com Ranking: 4-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UConn (all have offered)

  • Although this wasn't his first unofficial visit to Mississippi State, it was his longest visit.

    "I got there Saturday morning and left Sunday," said Allen.

    He was impressed with the Mississippi State coaches and players.

    "I liked how the coaches bonded together and the players and the chemistry they had," said Allen. "I got to play with the players and hang out with them at the (football) game."

    He enjoyed going against players already in college.

    "It was fun playing with them," said Allen. "They were bigger and stronger than me. They were good players."

    He came away very impressed with several of them.

    "(True freshman point guard) I.J. (Ready) impressed me," said Allen. "The way he played defense, he made it seem easy. I don't remember his name but there was another guard that impressed me. He was explosive and quick. (KeVaughn was referring to sophomore guard Craig Sword). And (true freshman center Fallou Ndoye) is a very skilled player."

    In addition to spending time with the players he also spent time with head coach Rick Ray. He liked how Ray wants to make him a better person, not just a better basketball player.

    "If you go to Mississippi State it's not all about basketball," said Allen. "They will develop you on and off the court including your academics."

    His mother, who visited with him, was impressed with how much importance the MSU coaches placed on academics.

    "My mom and my sister were with me, and my mom really liked the academics part," said Allen.

    Allen, after spending time with the coaches, realizes how much of a priority he is to them.

    "I think I am very important to them," he said. "They like me as a player and they like the things that I can do. And they like that I'm not a troublemaker, not a person who will cause trouble."

    His visit to Mississippi State left him with a very good impression of them.

    "After visiting them, it made me like them even more," he said. "It's really a good school to go to."

    Mississippi State is one of several colleges heavily recruiting the 4-star talent.

    "Baylor, Arkansas, UConn, Florida, Tennessee, Memphis and several others are recruiting me," said Allen.

    In addition to his recent visit to Mississippi State, he has several other visits tentatively planned.

    "I think I'm going to Baylor for a visit in October, but I'm not sure about that right now," said Allen. "And we might go to Kansas for a visit."

    Keep it on Scout.com/GenesPage.com as we continue to follow KeVaughn Allen's recruitment.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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