Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 14 PPG, 43.8% FG, 37% 3P%, 1.5 APG
Why They Are Here
KeVaughn Allen checks in at 30 in CPP’s Top 100. After leading the Gators in PPG this past season, I think it was still possible he came in under the radar for many fans. After strong performances down the stretch against South Carolina, Kentucky at Rupp, and scoring 35 points against Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen Allen has gained much more notoriety. He improved his shooting from 31.5% to 37% from behind the arc, and similar improvement could see him become the scrappy, knock down shooting guard that has thrived in the Florida system in the past.
Role on This Year’s Team
After seeing both Kasey Hill and Canyon Berry graduate, as well as Devin Robinson leaving early for the NBA Draft, Allen will be looked at as the veteran leader for Mike White’s Gators and the main creator on offense. While his backcourt mate Chris Chiozza will handle the ball, look for White to create schemes where Allen will be able to utilize bigs like Kevarrius Hayes and Gorjok Gak as screeners on and off the ball. Without Robinson on the squad, Allen will be the main focus on each opponent’s scouting report, so it will be interesting to see how this focus from opponents will impact his game.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Allen follows in the footsteps of many smooth shooting and athletic guards during the reigns of Billy Donovan and now Mike White. We haven’t seen the likes of Kasey Hill, Scottie Wilbekin, or Michael Frazier really “make it” in the NBA, and you wonder what type of impact that lineage might have on Allen. Irregardless of the Gators past guards, the NBA will always need guys that can come off the bench and score, and Allen satisfies that requirement easily. If he can continue to improve his shot from deep like he has, and become a more efficient distributor of the ball, Allen could easily be a 2nd Round bench piece that a team could take a flyer on.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.