Just like that, three years have gone by and Kevaughn Allen is heading into his last season as a Florida Gator. Looking at this past season, to be completely sure as to what we are going see from him is a mystery.
Kevaughn Allen is apart of Billy Donovan’s last recruiting class before Billy left for the NBA, and Mike White was hired late in the recruiting process during 2015.
The former four-star recruit at 6’2 190lbs is undersized for the shooting guard position in today’s basketball trends but possesses the explosiveness and shooting ability to succeed.
As a senior in high school he recorded 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists a game for North Little Rock High School in Arkansas.
Being the only guard in the class, he was going to be depended on to add offense in young backcourt filled with playmakers, not scorers.
During his freshman season he showcased that explosiveness, and shooting ability by averaging 11.6 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists a game, while shooting 39% from the floor, and 31% from deep for the Gators.
As well as a season high performance of 32 points against rival Florida State. Allen used his quickness, and explosiveness on the other end of the floor as well, showing real two-way capabilities.
It can only go up from here, right?
In his sophomore campaign Allen definitely went up. He averaged 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, while improving his field goal percentage to 43%, as well as his three-point percentage to 39%.
Kevaughn eclipsed the 20-point mark 7 seven times during the season which helped the Gators make a deep run in March.
At this point, it was looking like Allen was on his way to becoming one of the most prolific scorers that had played at Florida in a long time from the guard position. Even bringing in some attention from NBA scouts.
Then 2017 happened.
He took a huge regression totaling 11.0 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists a game. Also regressing to a terrible 36% from the field and 31% from three. He only hit the 20 point mark once last season.
At times he looked like a shell of the highly accurate shooter we were used to seeing from his first two seasons. Even lacking his discipline and aggressiveness on defense.
His senior season is essential to leave a lasting legacy at Florida, not join the likes of Kenny Boynton, a former Gator player who had a hot start to his career but fizzled out in his junior and senior season when Gators needed him most.
Jalen Hudson coming back helps take some pressure off of Allen, as Hudson lead the team in scoring, with 15 points a game. In reality it was almost like Jalen took over as being the scorer to depend on rather than Allen.
Like I said before Allen has shown us what kind of overall player he can be, he just needs to find that unshakable confidence we’ve seen drip off of him during his best games.
Mike White and the Gators can’t afford for Allen to resort to his third best scorer on the team mentality he had last year, or this team can be headed for another underachieving season.