Gators Hoping for Better, Louder Version of 'Same KeVaughn'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Go ahead, try to have a conversation with KeVaughn Allen. A two-way conversation, that is. In a recent instance, the so-called dialogue included a few one-word answers, some nods and shakes of the head, to the point where the question was asked if his tongue-tied ways were a front put on for those he does not know.
You’re a different KeVaughn with your teammates, right?
“No,” Allen said. “Same KeVaughn.”
But ask folks in the Florida basketball facility about Allen — players, coaches, managers, support staff — and some will swear the Gators’ mostly muted shooting guard has become a tad more outgoing these days; even a spot more (dare they say?) verbose when it comes to communicating on the floor.
“He’s getting out of his comfort zone some,” UF coach Mike White said.
“A little bit,” allowed senior swingman Jalen Hudson, if only momentarily. “But, actually, not really.”
Translation: Same KeVaughn.
Shooting guard KeVaughn Allen is on pace to become one of the top 10 scorers in UF basketball history, but also is coming off a season when he posted career lows in points, field and free throw attempts, and shooting percentage.
This is OK, also.
In three seasons, Allen has scored 1,297 career