Kansas City Loses Another Star Player


Julia Kapros

Shemarri Allen standing on the Swinney Rec court.

Cristian Martinez, Sports Editor

  Senior guard Shemarri Allen will officially head to the transfer portal. 

  The Portal Report made the announcement of his decision on May 2, one day after graduate guard RayQuawndis Mitchell pulled out of the NBA Draft to play one more year in the NCAA.  

  Allen started his collegiate career with Cowley Community College, where he averaged 11 points per game. After two seasons with the Tigers, former head coach Paul Donlon recruited the shifty player to play in Kansas City.  

  In his first year with the Roos, Allen shined as a bench player. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He also played excellent defense, grabbing 26 steals and 14 blocks.  

  The North Carolina product produced career-high averages once head coach Marvin Menzies arrived in the City of Fountains. As a junior, Allen averaged 17 points, 2.7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. For his breakout season, the Summit League placed him on the All-Defensive Team and Second Team All-Summit League in 2022-2023. 

  According to The Portal Report, the following teams are interested in Mitchell: 

  • University of Central Florida 
  • College of Charleston 
  • University of Penn State 
  • University of Florida  
  • Hofstra University 
  • Robert Morris University 
  • Western Kentucky University 
  • Southern Illinois University 
  • University of Texas – El Paso 
  • New Mexico State University 
  • Richmond University 

  Other teams are expected to show interest as the week progresses. Kansas City Athletics did not comment on his decision to leave UMKC.  

  Check back for updates and read about the UMKC men’s basketball new recruits here. 

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