By LARRY VAUGHT
Give Pendleton County senior Dontaie Allen credit — he’s not letting the pressure of being evaluated by Kentucky, and many others, bother him.
The wing player who somehow is not ranked among the nation’s top 150 players picked up a scholarship offer from Florida today to go with ones he already has from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Dayton and others.
Louisville coach Chris Mack watched him play Wednesday night in the Under Armour tournament in Cartersville, Ga. Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee did, too, and today UK head coach John Calipari watched him play.
All Allen did was have 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists Wednesday night and then come back with 33 points, five rebounds and seven assists Thursday morning for M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs. Then with Calipari watching, he went 11-for-15 from the field and had 30 points. He was 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.
In three games, he’s averaging 28 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game and shooting over 45 percent from 3-point range.
Steve Quattrocchi, director of M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs, posted this on Twitter today: “We may not be UA, Adidas or EYBL but we have great kids who play hard and we promote the hell out of them. Kentucky kids can compete at the national level. Just need the opportunity.”
Allen has made it clear he would like a UK offer — and could well commit if he gets one. And with the way he’s playing, if he doesn’t get an offer then there obviously is no way Kentucky — which has not signed an in-state player since 2013 — was ever going to offer him based on all he’s done.