With the 2013-14 season behind us, Arizona fans are already looking forward to next year. Over the coming weeks we will profile each of the new players that will be joining the Wildcats in 2014-15. Check PGU frequently for the next installments.
- Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5’10 PG
- Stanley Johnson, 6’7 G/F, Mater Dei High School
- Craig Victor, 6’9 F, Findlay Prep
Very few people know about Kadeem Allen, even though he was named 2014 NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, NABC Junior College Player of the Year, and is one of the best players in his school and conference’s history. But next year at Arizona, Allen will have a chance to show the world his game.
The 6’3 guard averaged 25.9 points per game last season on 45% field goal shooting, an impressive feat at any level of competition. He is a hard wired scorer with a tough attitude, something that coach Sean Miller has sought out in transfers.
Allen has a solid frame and is very strong for his size, making him a difficult player to guard on the perimeter and attacking the basket.
Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, Allen played two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas where he developed into a star on the court. Allen notched several historic stat lines in his time there, including the conference’s first triple-double.
Allen did it all for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons, averaging over 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
But where will Allen fit in at Arizona?
At the moment, the Wildcats have a huge void at the shooting guard position with junior guard Nick Johnson’s early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft. They also have a number of different candidates to step into that role and play significant minutes, making the situation a little bit murky.
Junior Gabe York is the most experienced shooting guard on Arizona’s roster, and his excellent three point shooting makes him a vital part of the offense. York also started the majority of games after Brandon Ashley’s season ending injury, giving the upperclassman crucial in-game experience.
Talented incoming freshman Stanley Johnson will also push for minutes at the shooting guard spot, where his size and all around skill set could come in handy. And Elliott Pitts, though he may play mostly small forward, could fill in as a shooting guard as well.
So how will the minutes be distributed? That will be one of the main storylines to watch heading into next season during workouts and practices. If Allen impresses early on, he could step into a significant role especially if Johnson has freshman struggles or if York does not secure his spot.
As of now, the race for minutes at the shooting guard position is wide open, and the rotation will be decided by how players fare in practices.
What’s more important for Arizona fans, however, is that the Wildcats have a variety of options at the position that will allow them to field many different lineups.