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Dontaie Allen: Sign Him Up Now

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

I know I don’t get to vote but if I did I would say, “Let’s stop all the suspense already and offer the kid a scholarship.” 

You know who I’m talking about. Dontaie Allen from Pendleton County. You know, Pendleton County, Kentucky.

Nothing would be better than to have a talented kid from Kentucky back on the UK roster. It seems pretty obvious that he’s talented.

In his Thursday game in the Under Armour Challenge in Cartersville, Georgia – with Coach Calipari watching – he scored 30 points hitting 11 of 15 shots and making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. With John Calipari’s recent emphasis on recruiting kids that are “positionless” and can shoot it appears that a scholarship to Allen should be a no-brainer.

Having a Kentucky kid that is 6’6″ and can handle the ball and shoot well should be incentive enough to offer him a scholarship to UK.

He already has offers from Florida, Purdue, Xavier, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Vanderbilt among others. Not only did he average 26 points per game in the Under Armour Challenge but he was also fourth in rebounding and fifth in assists in that same event. All of that against other elite high school talent.

Knowing the Wildcats will lose several guys off the 2018 team to the NBA and knowing that it would be a big shot in the arm to have a Kentucky guy who might be around for a couple of years back on the roster for the Wildcats it just seems like there is no reason to wait.

Like I said before, ” I don’t get to vote” but if I did after seeing what Dontaie Allen has done this week at the Under Armour Challenge I would have offered him a scholarship yesterday. Or the day before. It’s time.


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  1. Keith, I enjoy your insight and comments about Kentucky Basketball.
    I absolutely agree with you about having a kid from Kentucky on the roster.
    The last Kentucky roster was the first time in my lifetime (I am almost 76 now) that there was not a Kentucky boy on the UK Basketball team and one of their criticisms was that they didn’t seem to be as driven to win like all the previous teams that always had a Kentucky native on the squad. How many times did Hawkins or Willis seem to come off the bench and pull the team back to victory?
    So our Hall of Fame coach should keep that fact in mind when he watches a Kentucky High School prospect; they have an ingrown desire for UK to win in basketball.

  2. Offer this kid a scholarship today and sign him up!!!!

  3. I wonder why Cal hasn’t offer him an offer, is it that he can’t play the next level NBA. It’s a crying shame he don’t offer scholarships to our in state top players.

  4. Two missing parts to championships. 1) experienced depth and 2) Kentucky kids that play for the uniform first and foremost.

    Calipari rarely uses all available scholarships, and I believe that he believes he only needs 8 or 9 quality players to field a competitive team. I tend to agree with that, but why let those scholarships sit there. I recommend the creation of an annual Kentucky Kid Chair on the UK roster (4 total spots) to be awarded to the best Kentucky bred high school senior willing to accept the spot and compete for playing time.

    This year, there are 3 Kentucky boys in the top 100 players nation wide and Allen is one of those 3. Allen says he grew up a UK fan, and he is clearly wanting to get a UK offer.

    This coach needs to get off the snide and extend that offer to this Kentucky boy. What could possibly be holding him back? The answer to this nagging question could answer a host of other questions that seem to arise around Calipari’s team in recent years.

    The primary goal is for UK to win championships. There is nothing wrong with having secondary goals regarding player progression to the next level. However, the achievement of those secondary goals are enhanced when the primary goal is achieved. When the progression to the NBA is the primary goal, there is no correlation to success at that level with a corrolary success of the program, as we have painfully witnessed.

    This is why I have concluded that Calipari’s emphasis on moving kids into the NBA, first and foremost, is not right or fair for this program or the BBN.

  5. Appreciate your comment Professor

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