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WATCH: Dontaie Allen gears up for his much-anticipated return to Lexington

Keyli Chisesi/Go Big Blue Country

Keyli Chisesi/Go Big Blue Country

The Kentucky basketball team is gearing up to return to campus this weekend, and when they do, redshirt freshman guard Dontaie Allen will be ready.

Returning from numerous injuries, Allen has been training all offseason for a strong debut season in Lexington in 2020-21.

Wednesday afternoon, KSR had the opportunity to watch Allen work out with his trainer at Griffin Elite in Erlanger, KY, with the in-state standout showing off some of what he hopes to bring to the table this season in a Kentucky uniform.

Check out KSR’s exclusive footage below:

Not enough for you? Allen’s trainer, Jordan Griffin, sent over some other footage from prior workouts this summer.

Check those out here:

Who’s excited to see Allen make his Kentucky debut this season?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for WATCH: Dontaie Allen gears up for his much-anticipated return to Lexington



  1. Bigblu30
    11:53 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    I cant wait to see him play. Seeing kentucky boys play is just different!



    • SuperTroy18
      8:35 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. If we don’t have a KY guy on the roster, I’m always worried we won’t win it all in March. Miller was the perfect guy to have on those teams, and he was destined to win a ring in blue. Goose, Mills, Padgett, even Derek Anderson on that ‘96 team. It just helps to have a local kid to play how we need to play to win it all. I thought Willis might be that kind of guy. Hawkins maybe, but Miller was a 4-year guy that got drafted. We haven’t had anything like him since. Maybe Allen can get us there! He certainly is putting the work in. Love to see this kid.



  2. Robkycats54
    1:57 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

    This video is much better than the last one, i can see some potential ? if this guy can shoot like this there’s no way Calipari can keep him on the bench, people forget he average 45 in high-school… his shot mechanics are wonderful, I think our best shooter & this will probably our best shooting team….. he’s going to get pt this season



    • UKFanSC
      7:23 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with you 100%. I believe he is the sleeper no one is talking about this summer. He will certainly need to improve his defense and adjust to division one college bodies. But he is shooting mechanics, his basketball IQ, his willingness to work, and his work ethic bode well.



  3. CatManDo
    8:32 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

    Allen is the type of guy that we might normally pass on, he goes to another school, we play that school and he lights us up for 24 and 8.



    • SuperTroy18
      8:35 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed.



  4. jlad
    5:50 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing this young man play this year!



  5. Tom Bombadil
    6:17 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    You go Dontaie! Rocking the BLUE and WHITE! So happy for your recovery! Cheering for you! Hope you light them up this year! Awesome shot mechanics! Go get it…..show em what’s up!! Hard work! Yes sir!
    GO CATS! #9



  6. terwilliger
    8:08 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    The next Darius Miller!!!



    • SuperTroy18
      8:37 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Let’s hope so! Or maybe he ends up even better! His ceiling might be a little higher than Miller’s, and that is really saying something. That guy could drain threes on you, then posterize you on the next play. Hopefully, Allen gets back to his best soon. I can’t wait to watch him show out!



  7. kyfan200587
    9:17 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    I’m 100% rooting for this guy!!! Nothing like a good ole home grown!!!
    Is it just me or does it look like the refs could call a walk on some of the shots he takes? (NOT BEING A CREDICT JW)



  8. Righteous1
    12:00 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t all of you know by now that only the one and done players see the court! The overpaid “Ambassador” will never play this young man! He should transfer to EKU to join Michael Moreno to come in to Rupp and do an Evansville number on UK!!!



  9. Aar
    5:55 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    I wish his trainer were putting him under more pressure and rigor by pushing him with defenders and demanding better execution on harder moves in the video. Does this video demonstrate his full capability?I hope he does great, earns a lot of court time and helps win key games. His length and shooting will make a difference if they translate to in game performance.



  10. millertim
    8:36 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry… he just seems a bit slow-footed with no hop in his jump. He looks like he would have trouble creating his own shot, especially against quick guards that are likely to man him up. He’s definitely a project and most likely will not see the court much. I hope I’m wrong and I, too, love the idea of a Kentucky kid wearing the UK jersey but, there’s NO WAY he compares to Darius Miller. Miller brought great bounce and ability to score off the drive and off a pass. To be honest, I was shocked Coach Cal even offered him having watched his “highlight” tapes… but hey we need 4 year players and by his junior and senior year, he could be a great contributor.



    • StuckinLville
      11:49 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

      He won’t be expected to create his own shot. Just like Juzang last year, waiting around for the ball then get up his shot. Plus, he’s not a one and done so has plenty of time to get better. Going against Boston and Clarke every day is only going to help him. By the time this kid leaves, he will be a stud. Plus people seem to forget, the kid hasn’t played ball in a long time so he’s rusty. Give him time.



    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      12:08 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

      You think he’s going full speed there?



  11. millertim
    1:11 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    I saw his “highlight” tape— you know, the one that is supposed to make you look good… hahaha. He’s slow compared to elite level at UK and all major D-1 schools. Expectations for this kid should be moderated. He is likely a 4 year player, which is fine. As i stated before, he should be a good contributor by his junior and senior year. But he is NO Darius Miller— horrible comparison!



  12. millertim
    1:14 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    BTW Juzang could create his own shot… but with the studs he had on the floor with him, it wasn’t necessary! Hagans, Quickly and Maxey all had great first steps and ability to drive past their defender creating shot opportunities for others. Just wish Juzang couyld have hit more— great potential and sad to see him go!!