We all know the quick facts about Kentucky freshman wing Dontaie Allen: Falmouth, KY native, 6-foot-7 scorer, Pendleton County star, averaged over 40 points per game as a senior, Kentucky Mr. Basketball, etc.
After his recent “Meet the Wildcats” feature released by KY Wildcats TV, we also found out a little more about Allen as a person, including the fact that Anthony Davis was a major reason why he grew up wanting to play at Kentucky.
“I remember the 2012 team with Anthony Davis,” Allen said. “I would even go out in my backyard, and I would be like practicing shots they would shoot or the way Anthony Davis would block someone.”
And if you read last week’s edition of Pilgrim’s Insider Notes, you’d also know that Allen was actually Kentucky’s best shooter – even better than Tyrese Maxey and Johnny Juzang – during summer workouts and that one high-major Division I assistant coach felt the former Pendleton County star was going to be “the next Kyle Korver.”
But this afternoon, UK Athletics released another interesting tidbit on Allen that has slid under the radar until now.
In another fun-fact post by the Kentucky basketball social media team, we found out today that Allen is actually cousins with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Can you see the resemblance?
Outside of that interesting bit of knowledge, they also said that Allen is the 18th Kentucky player in program history to win Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors, the Wildcat freshman chose No. 11 because it’s his favorite number, twice, his nickname is D-Tay, and his most prized possession is his shoe collection.
The more you know.
While we’re at it, let’s take a look at some of Allen’s best highlights from his short, yet very, very sweet senior season at Pendleton County.