By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen has had his record-setting senior season cut short by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that will keep him out of the rest of the year.
The 6-6 Pendleton County senior hurt his knee about two weeks ago on Dec. 22 and was hoping it was nothing major that would prevent him from playing the rest of the year.
Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted Wednesday that he had talked with Allen.
“Feel bad because he was having a monster year but like I told him, there are always bumps in the road. Adversity is a part of sport, especially basketball. You come out stronger by dealing with it head on!!!! I look forward to having him on our campus a lot more now!” Calipari posted on Twitter.
Allen had been spectacular this season. He was averaging 42.9 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, both tops in the state, when he was injured. He was already 10th on the Kentucky high school all-time scoring list with 3,255 points and was on pace to challenge the 4,000-point mark that would have made him No. 2 on the all-time scoring list behind only King Kelly Coleman with 4,337 points — the only Kentucky player to go over 4,000 points.
“Dear Senior Tour, you’re being cut short. You brought many blessings and hardships to me that I wouldn’t trade for the World. God blessed me with talent and work ethic, but he’s not going to let me stop now.. thank you all!! I will be back & better than ever!” Allen posted on Twitter.
Allen also also had 1,228 career rebounds (22nd all time) and 284 blocked shots (14th all time) along with 357 career assists and 191 career steals. He was seventh all time in made field goals (1,122) and made free throws (765). He made 246 3-pointers.