This time of year almost all of basketball recruiting focuses on Nike’s Peach Jam. But, this time around a certain Kentucky native is getting some of the spotlight.
Pendleton County’s Dontaie Allen has been stealing the show at the Under Armour Challenge. Allen leads the Under Armour challenge in scoring with 26.4 points per game, dropping 21 points on Wednesday and 33 points on Thursday in front of Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee.
Cal had gotten word of Allen’s play, and by Thursday afternoon he was in Cartersville, GA to get an up-close look at the 6’6 wing. The next day Allen did this:
Dontaie Allen caps week at Under Armour Challenge with game winner with a couple seconds left. He had a pretty good week. pic.twitter.com/F9miZKD1hN
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) July 14, 2018
Allen has been on the rise especially after this week. Just this week Allen received offers from Florida, Auburn, Illinois, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State.
Some other notable offers are West Virginia, Western Kentucky, and Nevada.
Kentucky has yet to offer him, but he’s definitely on the Wildcats radar, and that was evident from Cal making a special trip to watch him play.
Joel Justus visited Allen’s high school in a junior season in which Allen averaged 31.8 points per game on 59.1 percent from the field and 39.6 from behind the arc. Allen also had 11.4 rebounds.
Rivals.com’s Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader, “The way that he’s playing right now, it’s either now or never. I don’t know what else he would want from him.” Although Allen wasn’t in Rivals.com’s top 150 players nationally, Evans said, “If he’s not a top-50 — or fringe top-50 prospect — I don’t know what is. He has size. He has versatility. He has scoring. He has shooting. He has what seems like strong intangibles and character.”
The reason Allen hasn’t been so highly touted is the fact his team, M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs, are not affiliated with Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour, so coaches must go out of their way to get eyes on him.
After Allen’s performance this week, he will almost undoubtedly climb the ranks very soon and very fast.
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