Dontaie Allen decided to skip the offer speculation, pass go (and hopefully not collect $200 because of NCAA repercussions) and commit directly to Kentucky on Thursday. Allen becomes UK’s second commitment in the class of 2019 after UK lost D.J. Jeffries earlier this week.
Let’s breakdown what his commitment means to Kentucky.
The Basics: Allen is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound scoring wing from Pendleton County High School (Falmouth, Ky.). He’s ranked No. 47 in the Rivals150 and made one of the bigger jumps during the summer. In July Allen blew up after a wild opening weekend of the live period. Coaches from all over the country flocked to Atlanta to watch him play and before committing to Kentucky he acquired offers Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Xavier, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and a handful of other schools.
Why Now: Surprisingly, today’s news had nothing to do with D.J. Jeffries. UK was likely to offer Allen today regardless if Jeffries remained committed, but Jeffries caught wind of UK’s intentions with Allen and five-star wing target Kahlil Whitney and backed off his pledge. What was a surprise was Allen committing today. Not even UK’s staff thought it would happen, per Allen’s father. Allen committed today because he wanted to be a Wildcat and there was no reason to mess around with other schools. He grew up a Kentucky fan and it’s where he wanted to go to college and play basketball. Now Kentucky can focus on other targets to try and help Allen have a better team for the future.
His Game: Dontaie Allen is an electric scorer that is as comfortable shooting from outside as he is putting it on the floor and getting to the rim. I have not watched much of Allen in person, but reviewing tapes and films, it’s clear that offensively he will be ready to come into Lexington and make an impact. But that’s not to say that Allen’s defense is lacking. He’s a sound defender that can guard multiple positions. Right now he’s better offensively than he is defensively, but that speaks more to his offensive game. Allen will need to become a bit stronger when finishing but there is a lot to like from the versatile wing. As of right now he reminds me of a quicker and longer Darius Miller.
What’s Next: Allen’s family is going on a vacation and once they return Allen plans on getting back to work. He has high expectations for his senior season and is prepared to have the “UK commit” target on his back when playing across the state. It was probably a smart move to commit before his senior season so UK fans can follow him all year. Allen’s dad didn’t give away any secrets about if Allen will turn into a recruiter for UK, but I would expect him to be working on other targets to join him in 2019.