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Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen “couple of weeks away” from being cleared for full practice

Dontaie Allen (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky assistant coach KennyPayne’s son Zan Payne is recovering from a torn MCL, ACL and petula tendon on the same knee and said it was a “pretty gruesome injury.”

Payne said his son is on the mend back and is “on the borderline of getting cleared to play 5-on-5, which is great for him” after being out of action for so long.

“He’s been doing workouts and he’s getting better,” Kenny Payne said. “I’m proud of the work that he has done to get to this point. He’s still got more to do.”

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen also is on the mend and on the road to getting back on the court. Allen’s recovery from a knee injury and a broken collar bone he sustained in an automobile accident last April, has been lengthy but nearing completion.

“He’s getting better and you can tell his legs are coming back,” Payne said. “I’m sure that he is a a couple of weeks away, somewhere (in that range). I don’t know how long that is, if it’s more like three or more like two (weeks), I don’t know. He’s getting better.”

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Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at or twitter @keithtaylor21.

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