Those getting anxious to see former Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen on the floor in the near future may – unfortunately – have to wait a while longer.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media this afternoon to preview his team’s upcoming matchup against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and when asked about his freshman wing, he said Allen is still “a ways away” from suiting up in an actual game.
“He’s practiced, but no, he’s a ways away [from playing]. He had an ACL [injury],” Calipari said. “He’ll practice, and then two days he can’t practice. When he practices, he’s probably about 75%. But I’m glad he’s on the floor some.”
Not only is he behind physically, according to Calipari, Allen is still struggling with plays and learning the offense.
“There are times, yesterday we were running something and he didn’t know [what to do],” he said. “I told him, “You’re on the sidelines watching [while recovering from his injury], you should know. What are you looking at? The lights?” But he’s a great kid [and he’ll be back].”
Moving on down the injury report, Calipari also said after missing Kentucky’s last game against Fairleigh Dickinson with a head injury, walk-on forward Ben Jordan was still out.
“Ben’s been out, he hasn’t been practicing,” Calipari told reporters. “I’m not sure [what’s specifically wrong] but he had a head injury. We’ll see [what his status is moving forward].”
As for Nate Sestina, who fractured his left wrist back on Nov. 26, Calipari didn’t address his specific status during this afternoon’s press conference, but did talk about it on his call-in radio show on Monday.
“[Sestina] has a small cast, but I think he’s still a week away from taking that off to see how he feels,” Calipari said on Monday. “I don’t know [if he’ll be back for the Louisville game], have no idea.”
Nonetheless, it’s looking like the same players we saw against Fairleigh Dickinson will be available when Georgia Tech visits Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon.