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.