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The Wildcats haven’t looked great this season, which is to be expected after losing four starters from last year’s squad. The 2015-2016 Wildcats have a lot of talent and they’re still trying to figure out how to play together.
Sean Miller is still trying to figure out what line-ups are the most efficient.
Last year when the Wildcats needed a bucket late in the game or to stop a scoring drought, they had a couple go-to guys. They could go to Stanley Johnson or let T.J. McConnell create something for someone else. But this Arizona squad doesn’t have that go-to guy, yet.
Personally, I believe Kadeem Allen, when healthy, can be that guy. He went down last night in the second half against Fresno State with an apparent ankle sprain. Miller was not sure of the severity of the injury after the game. Hopefully, it will not be a prolonged absence. My analysis here is written with the idea of Allen contributing at 100 percent.
In his sophomore year (2013-2014) at Hutchinson Community College, he won the National Player of the Year award, averaged 25.9 points a game and had 13 30-point games. He left Hutchinson third on its all-time scoring list with 854 points in his two years there. He also set single-season records with his 276 free throws made and 371 attempted.
The point that those stats make is that Allen can score and can get to line, a lot.
This year Allen has averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds a game and has only attempted 26 free throws through 9 games, with a game-high of 13 points, which he’s done twice. It’s time for Miller to let Allen go and do what he is good at, score, at critical moments of the game.
He is currently playing at point so far this season. If Miller moves him to shooting guard and puts Gabe York or Parker Jackson-Cartwright at point guard, we might see a special season out of Allen.
If Miller moved Allen to the point, the difficult part would be trying to keep York’s production as high as it has been so far, averaging 14 points a game.
What might happen: Moving York to point could solve the slow start problems he has endured this season (only had six points total in the first half of the past 2 games) and give Allen the freedom to do what comes natural.
Nick Latta is an accomplished youth golfer from Tucson who follows high school sports and the University of Arizona closely. Currently on the golf team at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA.