Stone, Allen sign LOIs


Florida 2015 commitments Keith Stone and KeVaughn Allen made it official on Wednesday, signing his letter of intent on the first day of the spring period to join UF’s 2015 incoming freshman class.

A four-star recruit, the 6-foot-7 Stone is currently the 97th ranked prospect in the nation the Class of 2015 according to sports. Stone helped lead Zion Lutheran to a 20-8 record during his senior season and displayed good shooting touch from mid-range last December at the Kingdom of the Sun basketball tournament in Ocala.

“He’s a dynamic kid who can score the ball on every level,” Zion Lutheran coach Kenny Guion said last December. “I think as he continues to progress in basketball, he’s got to get more assertive and he’s got to run the floor on both ends a little better. But he’s a selfless kid and he’s all about the right things, makes the extra pass, makes the right play. So he’s going to be a fun kid for someone to play with at the next level.”

Meanwhile, Allen had a smaller, less public ceremony Wednesday afternoon with family and friends. Allen was recently named Arkansas’ 2014-15 Gatorade boys basketball player of the year after averaging 25.2 points. 6.4 rebounds. 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game in his senior year at North Little Rock High School.

North Little Rock coach Johnny Rice raved about Allen’s maturity and work ethic.

“Florida is getting one of the best high school players to ever come through the state of Arkansas,” said Rice, who has spent more than 20 years in the state as a head and assistant coach. “For all he’s accomplished, leading our team to three straight state titles, being Mr. Basketball two years in a row, he’s a very polished player.”

Rice said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Allen has deep shooting range and the ability to finish at the rim and finish through contact in the lane.

“He’s a complete player,” Rice said. “He’s hit, seven, eight 3-pointers in a game, and not set shots, jumpers that are contested.”

Rice said Florida coach Billy Donovan and assistants John Pelphrey (a former Arkansas coach) and Rashon Burno all were instrumental in recruiting Allen. Two months ago, Allen visited Tennessee’s campus and also had pressure from family and friends to stay in-state and attend Arkansas.

“I have a lot of respect for KeVaughn,” Rice said. “For him to hold a commitment that long in a state where the Razorbacks are everything, that says a lot about him.”

Stone and Allen join Suwanee High forward Kevarrius Hayes and Montverde forward Noah Dickerson as the third and fourth players to signs letters of intent in UF’s 2015 class.

With Hayes and Allen both signing, Florida is now one over its allotment of 13 scholarship players. But that status could change quickly, if any current UF scholarship players decide to either declare for the NBA draft or transfer. Sophomore center Chris Walker is still weighing whether to return for his junior season or declare for the NBA draft.

Here’s a look at UF’s scholarship roster, with the incoming 2015 class:

Kasey Hill, guard, junior
Chris Chiozza, guard, sophomore
Devin Robinson, forward, sophomore
John Egbunu, center, redshirt sophomore
Dorian Finney-Smith, forward, redshirt senior
Chris Walker, center, junior
DeVon Walker, guard/forward, redshirt junior
Eli Carter, guard, redshirt senior
Alex Murphy, forward, redshirt senior
Brandone Francis, guard, sophomore
Kevarrius Hayes, forward, freshman
Noah Dickerson, forward, freshman
Keith Stone, forward, freshman
KeVaughn Allen, guard, freshman