Dontaie Allen is Kentucky’s shooter with a team-best 52 percent clip from outside with 13 made 3-pointers. Allen ranks first in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, but it is his defense that drew praise from John Calipari early Monday morning.
In a tweet to his followers, Calipari shared film of Allen’s defense in Saturday’s win over the Gators. “I’m so proud of Dontaie Allen and his growth as a basketball player,” he tweeted. “This should be applauded as much as anything he’s doing!”
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 11, 2021
The celebration of Allen’s defense came not even a week after Calipari challenged Allen’s defense in his comments after the Vanderbilt game.
“Dontaie Allen broke down a ton today defensively,” Cal said in the postgame press conference last Tuesday. “He made baskets and free throws when we needed it, but he may have given up as many as he scored. And I told him, I said, look, if that’s the case and it’s even-steven, I’m probably good with you.”
Allen responded down in Gainesville, and his head coach is proud.