North Little Rock (Ark.) High basketball coach Johnny Rice said KeVaughn Allen is the "most complete player" he has ever coached which will be music to the ears of Florida Gators fans after the junior committed to Florida on Wednesday night.
Allen, a 6-foot-3, 165-pounder who plays shooting guard and point guard and has led North Little Rock to back-to-back Class 7A state titles in Arkansas, is a huge get for Florida head coach Billy Donovan. Allen picked UF over offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Kansas, UConn, Baylor and Mississippi State.
"He's led us in scoring both years and he is the most complete, most coachable, most consistent kid that I've ever been around," Rice said. "He's the same every single day. He's never had a bad day in practice, or has something bother him or anything like that.
"To be such an elite player, it's unbelievable how coachable he is. He wants to be coached. He wants to get better. He's really just a dream for any coach to be around."
Last season he averaged 21 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists and he was named the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year. Rivals.com ranks Allen as the No. 82 player in the country.
"He brings it every day in practice and in every game," Rice said. "We played him at the two and the three last year, and we played him at the point probably over half of the season this year, and he excels at every spot.
"K led us in every offensive category, points, assists, everything. He shoots the 3, he's explosive .. If he plays the point [in college], I'd say he'd be a scoring point guard like a Derek Rose or a (Russell) Westbrook, that style, but he'll play the two also."
This summer Allen will play in the Nike summer league EYBL with Team Penny out of Memphis. He is the second commitment to the Gators 2015 recruiting class, joining Kevarrius Hayes, a 6-8, 190-pound center at Suwanee High in Live Oak.
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