KADEEM ALLEN IS NABC JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
For the second time in two days, Hutchinson Community College men's basketball All-American Kadeem Allen has earned a national Player of the Year award.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Allen as its Junior College Player of the Year on Wednesday. The NABC names just one overall junior college player as its top player on a yearly basis.
Also a first-team NABC All-American, Allen becomes the first Blue Dragon to be recognized by the NABC in both seasons of eligibility. He and Darius Johnson-Odom (2009) are the only Blue Dragons in history to be honored by the NABC.
Last week Allen became the first Blue Dragon men's basketball player ever to be named a two-time first-time All-American by the NJCAA. Allen is also a two-time Jayhawk West Player of the Year, two-time first-team All-Region VI Player of the Year, 2013 Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year and a 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American.
Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., signed early with the University of Arizona.
Allen completed his storied Blue Dragon career as the program's No. 3 all-time scorer with 1,425 points. Allen owns two career and two single-season statistical records. He ranks in 21 career, single-season or freshman statistical lists, ranking in the top three in 11 career, single-season or freshman categories.
The Blue Dragon guard's sophomore season will be remembered for years to come as one of the best single-season effort all-time in Hutchinson men's basketball history. He was a central figure for an injury-ravaged HCC men's team that finished 26-8 and was Region VI runner-up this past season.
Allen was second in the NJCAA in scoring this season at 25.9 points per game, scoring 854 points in 33 games. Allen posted eight of his nine career double-doubles this past season. He shot 45.7 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from 3-point range and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line.
He had five-straight 30-point games in November and finished with 13 of his career 15 30-point games this season. On Nov. 15, Allen became the first Blue Dragon in history to post a triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Redlands. He later posted a second triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Allen in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament on March 1 at the Sports Arena.
On Jan. 3 vs. Allen at the Sports Arena, Allen came off the bench for the first time in his career and scored a career-high 41 points on 13 of 20 overall shooting, 1 of 2 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. The performance was the fourth-highest scoring game in team history and just the fifth 40-point game ever by a Blue Dragon.
Allen scored 854 points this past season, the third-most in HCC men's basketball history. His 25.9 point scoring average was second only to the 42-year-old record of Richard Morsden's 27.3 point average in 1972.
The sophomore guard set single-season record for free throws (276) and attempted free throws (371). Allen ranked fourth in single-season history with 194 assists and was ninth in steals with 76.
MITCHELL IS NAIA DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Former Blue Dragon All-American Joe Mitchell (2010-11) was named the NAIA Division I National Player of the Year by the NABC.
Playing for Friends University this past season, Mitchell led the country in scoring at 32.3 points per game. He shot 58.4 percent from the field, had 171 assists (4.7 per game); 57 total steals, shot 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Mitchell helped lead the Falcons to a school record 27 wins, including upsets over #13 Northwood and #4 Cornerstone in the NAIA National Tournament for the first wins there in school history. Friends fell to eventual national champion No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan in the tournament quarterfinals.
Mitchell set Friends records in points scored (shattering the old record of 772, also a KCAC record), free throws made (328), field goals made (355), and free throws made in a game (20 vs Tabor, February 22). He finished his career at Friends No. 5 on the all-time scoring list in just 45 games played for the Falcons.
NABC Junior College Player of the Year
2009 Jeremie Simmons Mott Community College
2009 Nafis Ricks Johnson County Community College
2010 Jae Crowder Howard College
2011 Kiel Turpin Illinois College
2012 Cleanthony Early Sullivan County Community College