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‘Kentucky has always been in his heart’ Dontaie Allen’s father talks his son’s commitment



Fresh off an unofficial visit to Kentucky and on their way to a family beach vacaition in Virginia, Dontaie Allen’s father (Tony Thomas) spoke with Kentucky Sports Radio about his son’s commitment to UK, the unofficial visit and what’s next for the Kentuckian.

KSR: Why was now the right time?

Tony Thomas: I believe Kentucky has always been in his heart. It’s been that way for awhile. With the amount of offers he had coming in he wanted to keep his options open while waiting to see what Kentucky was going to do. When they come in so fast like they did it’s really hard to digest things that were coming in, so when he went to UK it’s always been in his heart and it was nice to finally be able to sit down and talk with Coach Cal. We watched the practices on our unofficial visits and it was just a great fit.

KSR: What was Dontaie’s mindset after the first unofficial visit when UK coaches said they’d be watching him during the live period? Did he feel like it was an audition?

Tony Thomas: I believe it was just getting people out there to see Dontaie. His game has grown so much. Since last season and his sophomore year, he just keeps working and keeps getting better and better. It was the matter of being in the right tournament and the right place at the right time with the right people there to see the hard work he’s put in. When Kentucky started to evaluate him he went ahead and poured his heart out and put everything on the table for them.

KSR: When did UK extend the offer? When did he commit? Walk me through the process of how things went down.

Tony Thomas: He came up on the unofficial visit at 4:30 yesterday. There was a ton of Kentucky media there so we stayed in the shadows. We watched the boys go through the practice and once we finished watching how competitive it is and how hard they work and push each other we sat down with Coach Cal and Coach Justus and talked about expectations. They asked if he would be up for the challenge. Once we confirmed that and it would be a great fit that’s when Cal extended the offer. Dontaie pretty much accepted it right at that time.

My reaction was that I was surprised and I’m pretty sure (the staff) were surprised, too. Even going in we didn’t know what to expect. We definitely wanted the chance to meet Coach Cal but overall I’d say it was a successful visit.

KSR: Obviously UK has been recruiting Dontaie most of this summer, but do you think this had anything to do with D.J. Jeffries? It seems like maybe he backed off his pledge because other wings were being recruited.

Tony Thomas: No. I don’t think it had anything to do with Jeffries or anything like that. I don’t think so. Dontaie’s hard work is what is was and that’s why he received an offer. Cal asking if we were up for the challenge wasn’t because of that it was because of the practice we had just watched. They are very competitive.

KSR: What’s next for Dontaie Allen being a Kentucky commit?

Tony Thomas: He’s going to have to embrace everything and get back in the lab and back in the gym. He needs to prepare for his high school season and enjoy the process of being a senior. He’s a hard worker, he’s a gym rat. I have no doubt that he will be ready coming in summer of next year to be ready to get into UK and compete.

KSR: Will he turn into a recruiter? Any names to keep an eye on in 2019?

Tony Thomas: At this point we’re just getting a feel for everything. It’s surreal. We’re letting things settle down at this point and time.


Article written by TJ Walker

28 Comments for ‘Kentucky has always been in his heart’ Dontaie Allen’s father talks his son’s commitment

  1. JTHinton
    3:12 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Breath a fresh air compared to the Jeffries family…Only One problem—why is he wearing a Man United jersey!?! #SharkTeam (google it)

    • notFromhere
      9:04 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Liverpool jerseys were sold out bro

    • JoeMoney333
      8:25 am August 3, 2018 Permalink

      Point 1: Go City
      Point 2: Jersey… Jersey? Stupid Americans, he’s wearing a Kit.

  2. Rod Crandler
    3:25 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Love it. See ya Jeffries!! Great trade off IMO.

  3. suppie
    3:28 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    getting an offer like that… that’s a moment.

    and being from kentucky – i’d accept on the spot too.

  4. jaws2
    3:31 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Tony ‘Lavar’ Thomas will be the FIRST guy to piss and moan because his son isn’t getting enough time. Count on it. The guy can’t keep his mouth shut.
    I really hope this isn’t a future ‘cancer’ on the team.

    • suppie
      3:35 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      why do you say that?

    • jaws2
      3:44 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Just go back and look at his comments about UK not paying enough ‘attention’ to his kid. That’s enough.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:50 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      jaws2 says it because he is an insufferable troll.

    • jaws2
      3:58 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Truth REEEEALY hurts doesn’t it clutch?
      Oh, evvvvvverybody that posts here is a troll unless they see evvvvvvverything through blue glasses.
      You sir, and I use the term loosely, are pathetic.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:12 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, the non-trolls who have differing opinions are pretty easy to spot. They are the ones who understand how not to be a dick.

    • jaws2
      4:24 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, and you probably know a LOT about it! You’re a waste of time.

    • bigbluebanana
      4:48 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Not trying to stir the pot, but can you link an article where he says stuff like that? I tried google and I cannot find anything.

    • jaws2
      5:59 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      You don’t even have to do that, just go back and look at the old KSR articles on it. Oh, and read all of the negative comments by some same folks that will now be praising his signing.
      I’m not saying the kid can’t play, but I firmly believe Lavar Jr will be an issue in the coming seasons.
      Oh, and I hope to be proven wrong about it.

    • Tallchris
      6:00 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Are you referring to KyKy Tandy’s father? He was the one saying his son wouldn’t come off the bench.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:21 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Happy for him; he knew what he wanted, got the offer he wanted…and took it.
      Happy for UK, too. He wants to be here, unlike someone I won’t mention. And, he can play…I think offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, and Xavier..not to mention UL.
      The only problem parents I’ve seen are the fathers of Jeffries and Tandy.

    • TouchYoSocks
      7:18 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve read every article written on Dontaie. I’ve never seen anything negative said by his father. I know a lot of his family, all good people. I think you’re confused bro

    • Booby Petrino
      8:44 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Ha ha jaws is mad lol

    • unbridled
      11:48 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Not sure of the dads previous comments….but this interview was fantastic. I think he said all the right things. Hope jaws is wrong.

  5. Ridge Runner
    3:39 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    This is a story and event every Kentuckian gets. Awesome!

    • unbridled
      11:49 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely love it. Wish he could somehow reclassify to this upcoming season 🙂

  6. ClutchCargo
    3:54 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    I was never one to want him to be offered just because he is a KY kid, but I’m really glad to see this. Seems to be a high character kid from a good family, too.

  7. tunesquad11
    4:34 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    I’m literally in Dontaie’s mixtapes, multiple times. I’ve been saying he had the talent to play for UK since he was an 8th grader. It’s so cool seeing someone from the 38th district get this opportunity!!

    • notFromhere
      9:01 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      That had to be a great feeling seeing him commit. Always cool to have confirmed what you know in your heart

    • unbridled
      11:51 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      I was born and raised in Pendleton county. Can’t wait to see this cat suit up!

  8. Kat4Life
    4:59 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    LOVE IT !!!!

  9. michaelb
    12:58 am August 3, 2018 Permalink

    That was a nice article after sorting out the “this was what it wasn’t , it wasn’t what it wasn’t for it , it wasy fusy wasy? Ahh for this is what it was it was