5 - Kadeem Allen

6-2, 190 Shooting Guard
Arizona Senior
01/15/93 (27.1 yrs)
Wilmington, NC
High School
New Hanover
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Jump Shot
NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Jamaal Franklin

Strengths: Allen has an impressive set of physical tools, listed at 6’3 with a filled out 200 pound frame and long arms to make up for his lack of height … He has excellent length for a guard and can definitely match up physically with NBA guards … Allen has demonstrated solid vision with the ball in his hands and has the potential to develop into a good facilitator in the half court … He can make accurate passes on the move with either hand and has done an exemplary job of running the offense for a young Arizona team … He still has room to grow as a distributor in the half court, but he has shown he can create for himself on offense as well … He excels at getting to the rim by utilizing his combination of quickness and strength … He prefers to get to the rim, but he has also improved as a shooter, particularly off the catch since last season … While he is still not a great shooter, he has become more than capable from outside, knocking down over 40% of his threes on the year (low volume: 30-of-72) … Where Allen is particularly appealing to NBA execs is his defensive potential … He boasts an excellent combination of physical tools at the guard position, and he employs his quickness and length well to pressure the ball outside the three-point line … He was one of the best defensive players in college basketball the last two seasons, showing the ability to guard several positions with his lateral quickness, wingspan and strength … Allen is a physical defender who is not afraid to get in his opponent’s chest and force a turnover, as he averaged 1.6 steals per contest this season … His lateral quickness and overall speed is elite … He also rebounds well for a guard, as he pulled down over four rebounds per game this season … Allen has the potential to defend NBA guards right now and his desire to accept that role as a defensive stopper along with his physical tools has placed him firmly on the NBA Draft radar … In addition, with his improvements offensively he could be a strong candidate to be a late steal in the draft … 

Weaknesses: Allen is a good passer in transition, but he has a tendency to put his head down in half court isolation situations, which limits his vision … He is also a bit turnover prone … He could stand to tighten up his dribble, particularly in traffic, which allows defenders to force turnovers … He needs to improve as a finisher in the paint, which is surprising given his physical tools … He also tries to avoid contact too often once he gets close to the rim which leaves him with some off-balance shots at the rim. On top of that, he doesn’t have great touch on his layups or floaters … While Allen’s shooting has improved, it is still not a great strength for him … He shoots a bit of a line drive, and he’ll need to improve his mechanics at the next level … His senior numbers from the floor were solid but on a low volume so there is some question about how well he can shoot at a higher volume … Already 24 years old, Allen will be one of the oldest players on the draft radar, there will be a lot of questions regarding his upside and if his offensive skills can be refined quickly enough … 

Notes: From Wilmington, North Carolina…2-star recruit in high school…Played junior college basketball at Hutchinson Community College…2014 National JUCO Player of the Year…Pac-12 All-Defensive Team…

William P. Desautelle III 3/20/17

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