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Calipari is hesitant to use Dontaie Allen’s redshirt year, but UK “could use one more guy”

One of the biggest mysteries from this year’s team has been Dontaie Allen. There have been reports on-and-off for weeks regarding his post-injury status and his participation in practice. Sometimes he even competes in the warm-up line before games, but the Kentucky native hasn’t officially checked into a game for the Wildcats yet this season.

Following UK’s 80-72 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night, John Calipari weighed in on Allen’s current status.

“Dontaie met with me, and we’re going to give him a little time to condition,” Calipari said. “I may start playing Dontaie… You know, he went through a workout with our team, like, doing individuals, and I had never seen him go that hard, like ever. I went: ‘that’s who you are now? Are you ready to go?'”

After suffering a series of injuries in his senior year – most notably an ACL tear in late December 2018 – the recovery has been slow-going for the Pendleton County product. If he doesn’t play this season, he’ll be able to use it as his red-shirt season, therefore earning an extra year of eligibility later down the line. Because of that possibility, Calipari doesn’t want to “waste” a whole year if it’s not totally and completely necessary.

“But what I don’t want to do is use his year if I don’t intend to play him. I’m not going to play him 30 seconds or a minute and use his year up,” Calipari told reporters. “I won’t do that to the kid.”


Still, the team is relatively short-staffed, especially following Kahlil Whitney’s early and untimely departure.

“If we can use [Allen], we will. We’re down two and the rent is due,” Calipari said with a smile. “We could use one more guy.”

Article written by Maggie Davis

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18 Comments for Calipari is hesitant to use Dontaie Allen’s redshirt year, but UK “could use one more guy”

  1. Big Sexy
    2:00 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    It would be nice to have another possible perimeter shooting threat. As much as I’d hate to see him burn a redshirt year they could use another body. The timing of the whole Whitney thing is so bewildering. Why not just finish the season?

  2. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:32 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    Calipari made his own bed with this team. His lack of depth is his own doing. He’s usually had about 7-8 rotating players, and if he should have a significant jnjury it’s tough to overcome.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:56 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Cal missed on some players who went elsewhere, it happens to all coaches or haven’t you noticed?

    • Wade
      10:12 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      We missed on every big and that’s a need just would have been great but he wants people that want to be here and good teammates we r ok and next yr is gonna be crazy!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      11:33 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry Cahills unlike teams in NC Kentucky only wants kids with a good head on their shoulders and big heart in their chest. It’s harder to recruit when he doesn’t take trash like Grayson Allen.

    • ColoradoCatFan88
      1:00 pm February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Allen won’t need that extra year. Kid is good & will only continue to improve. He will be NBA-ready in 2 seasons. If he can go now, play him. We could really use his offense & at the very least, he would be an extra body off the bench to relieve a guy who’s hurt or in foul trouble.

  3. unbiasedfan
    5:39 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    If he is good enough, talent wise, to come in and actually help us now, in 3 years he’ll be ready for the next level anyway.

    • trumpetguy
      1:54 pm February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Would think at the very least, can DA consistently out-perform Juzang in practice, everyday? Can he adequately check IQ/TM/KB in practice, everyday? If not, either because of talent level or soreness/swelling, then best to sit out remainder of this season.

  4. clarks
    6:56 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    He can play in so many games and redshirt just like in football

    • ClutchCargo
      9:34 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure that’s a football-only rule. Have you read that somewhere in the NCAA manual?

    • ClutchCargo
      9:45 am February 5, 2020 Permalink Exception—Football. [FBS/FCS] In football, a student-athlete representing a Division I
      institution may compete in up to four contests in a season without using a season of competition. (Adopted:
      8/8/18 effective 8/1/18 for competition that occurs on or after 8/1/18, Revised: 6/12/19)

    • RAGE
      9:49 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

      Nice find Cargo…

  5. TonyMontana
    9:27 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    I dont see him staying 5 years, might as well give him a shot now.

  6. dave1964
    9:53 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    If he is ready to play and can add value to this team play him now.

  7. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:34 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    Two questions for wasting a redshirt year: 1) is the kid going to play all 4 years? If no, play him.
    But with Allen, an outside top-100 recruit, very possibly yes. Ok then, proceed to 2) will playing this year help him? Yes. With 15+ games left at the most important time of year where he’ll get legit minutes in huge games. I’d say that’s a hell of a way to start your freshman year.

  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:38 am February 5, 2020 Permalink

    Plenty of players on this team dissapeared in several games and played with no heart. Kentucky kids always straight up ball in blue. We need a guard who well fight for rebounds and give a crap on every play.

  9. UKgrad80
    8:45 am February 6, 2020 Permalink

    This all goes back to Cal’s refusal to use all his available scholarships. He stated a couple of years ago he won’t be caught short again, but yet here we are again!

  10. notFromhere
    10:28 am February 6, 2020 Permalink

    If it’s not going to lead to reinjury and he feels mentally at 100% (post-injury that can be the biggest hurdle), play him. He’ll not likely stay past his junior year.