Arizona Wildcat - Kadeem Allen No. 53 Overall Pick
“The skill is a lot different, but I feel like the place I was for college, the practice and the competitiveness is still the same,” Allen said on the transition from Arizona to NBA Summer League. “We’re all still out here playing hard, and everyone is just trying to get a job.”
Kadeem Allen was the defensive cornerstone for the University of Arizona this past season, and that’s exactly what he hopes to be for the Summer C’s.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard just wrapped up his redshirt senior season with the Wildcats, during which he averaged 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game, all while being named to the All-Pac-12 Second team and the All-Pac-12 Defensive team. He previously played for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, where he was named 2014 National Junior College Player of the Year.
Allen will be tested right off the bat during Summer League, as his first matchup Monday will be against No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz of the Philadelphia 76ers.
“It’s just another challenge,” said 24-year-old Allen of his upcoming test against Fultz. “It’s an exciting thing to play in the Summer League and I feel it doesn’t matter who I go up against; I’m going to always do what I do, and that’s just play defense.”
Fortunately, Allen is quite familiar with Fultz, considering the fact that they were Pac-12 rivals this past season. During their lone matchup on Jan. 29, Allen helped limit Fultz to his fourth-lowest scoring total of the season – 16 points on 8-of-23 shooting – while tallying 14 points, six rebounds and five assists of his own, en route to a 77-66 win over the Washington Huskies.
After playing in the environment of a prestigious collegiate program, Allen is confident that he’ll be able to compete at the NBA level.