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Dontaie Allen still recovering from injury and living a dream as a Wildcat

(Photo: Eddie Justice/UK Athletics)

(Photo: Eddie Justice/UK Athletics)

Preseason practices are underway in the Joe Craft Center, but one of the newcomers on Kentucky’s roster is still out with an injury.

Dontaie Allen, the Bluegrass state’s reigning Mr. Basketball, has not fully recovered from the ACL injury he suffered midway through his senior season at Pendleton County. Rehab is going well for Allen, but he has not participated in an actual practice since arriving on campus.

“He has been doing things in the gym,” John Calipari said of Allen’s recovery. “My guess is he is still a month away.”

Allen wasn’t ready to put a timeline on his projected return. He told KSR, “I’m at the end of the process. I’m not sure of the exact timetable, but it’s at the very last few.”

Allen finished his high school career with 3,255 career points, which ranks 11th all-time in state history. He is the state’s 18th Mr. Basketball award winner to go on to sign with the University of Kentucky, and he knows the significance of being a Kentuckian on the Kentucky basketball team. He hopes he can inspire the youth across the state, he said, “to just know this path can be taken if you work hard.”

Like most kids around Kentucky, Allen grew up a fan of the Wildcats — John Wall was his favorite player — and he always imagined himself becoming a Wildcat. Now that it is happening, he can hardly believe it.

“It’s really crazy to think about, honestly. Where I’ve come from and the overall journey that I’ve been on, it’s a special one.”

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Dontaie Allen still recovering from injury and living a dream as a Wildcat

  1. Bluehender
    3:11 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see what he can do when he’s fully recovered

    • UKFanSC
      5:05 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      That makes two of us. I’ve never seen him play in person but know a person who has. He says the kid can score on anyone anyway anytime; compared him to Derick Anderson. Which may be a bit much, but he’s no benchwarmer.

  2. Ridge Runner
    5:16 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    I was actually curious about how he was coming along. Appreciate the update, Drew.

  3. DelrayCat
    12:09 am October 5, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like he’s out for the year..perhaps maybe get some tick at mop-up time well after the new year. We will run with 9 most all year barring injury.