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Florida basketball recruiting: Gators commit KeVaughn Allen stars at Peach Jam

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The boy was ballin'.

When Florida secured the commitment of Arkansas guard KeVaughn Allen back in May, I wrote a long piece about how Allen's commitment was a bit of a surprise, given what was theoretically available for Billy Donovan on the recruiting trail, and about taking a wait-and-see approach to him.

Allen's performance at last week's Peach Jam was all I needed to see — well, read about and see — to be sure of this: He's going to be a stud for Florida.

Allen's Peach Jam mixtape begins with him putting Antonio Blakeney — five-star guard Antonio Blakeney, presumed Florida lock until he wasn't Antonio Blakeney, probably blue-blood school-bound Antonio Blakeney — on a poster. But even that highlight doesn't show the full extent of the sonning Allen gives Blakeney.

Going up against maybe the best shooting guard in the class of 2015, Allen simply picked his pocket and threw down some thunder on Blakeney — then turned and got back on defense.

That's a common signt in his mixtape, which shows his full arsenal of drives and perimeter shooting (and free throws?): Allen makes an offensive play, and, once it's done, simply turns and commits himself to defense. There is no flash, just ferocity.

But there was praise. Effusive praise.

Allen averaged 19 points per game in Peach Jam competition, made 17 of his 35 threes to answer any critics of his shooting, and helped lead his team, Team Penny — yes, run and partially coached by Penny Hardaway — to the finals of the competition. In the finals, they lost to the NJ Playaz, partially because Allen missed a late layup, but not before coming back from a double-digit halftime deficit to make the game close.

Only a few players — 2016 super-recruits Dedric Lawson and Malik Monk, 2015 No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, NJ Playaz star Isaiah Briscoe, bucket-getter Allonzo Trier — were more consistently great at the Peach Jam than Allen, and those players are all among the 10 best in the nation in their respective classes, according to the 247Sports Composite. Allen is just the No. 52 player in the 2015 class per that same composite ranking, though, and 247Sports's lead basketball writer, Jerry Meyer, suggests that he's sort of topped out in that range.

To a degree, I get that. Allen's a 6'3" guard with bounce, defensive tenacity, and a sometimes-questionable outside shot, which makes him a really good prospect, not a great one, in a vacuum.

But one of the nice things about college basketball is that it is not played in a vacuum, and one of the great things about Florida's program is that Billy Donovan almost always makes his teams more than the sum of their parts. Given what I've now seen and read about Allen, I think he profiles as a bigger, more athletic, and more raw version of Kenny Boynton at this point — and Boynton, for all his limitations as a short shooting guard without point guard chops, only started for four years at Florida, and became the program's all-time leading scorer (not named Vernon Maxwell).

If Donovan and Allen can turn some of his rougher edges into strengths, the sky may be his limit.

And I like their chances of doing that.