Pendleton County standout, and top-50 national recruit in the class of 2019, Dontaie Allen is currently at an unofficial visit in Lexington right now.
Many expect him to receive a scholarship offer while he there, making him the first in-state player since Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis in 2013 to receive offers from John Calipari.
While we have heard that he absolutely owned the July recruiting period, jumping from an unranked recruit to the top-50, many Kentucky fans do not know what to expect from Allen. His AAU coach from the M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs spoke to KSR’s Jack Pilgrim on Wednesday to break down his game and talk about where he thinks the family is in the recruitment process.
While Allen was better known for his play making ability, coach Steve Quattrocchi says that his biggest strength at this point is probably shooting. Outside and mid-range shooting are skills that the college game often lacks, so Allen’s skill set will be a big benefit to whichever program that he chooses.
In one of the more interesting comparisons that I have heard, Quattrocchi has been told by scouts that Allen reminds them of...Kyle Korver?
“When he’s at the next level he’ll be able to come off screens, catch and shoot, catch and drive, that type of stuff,” he said. “I had one high-major assistant coach tell me he can be the next Kyle Korver, and I can see that. He’s about the same size, can get his shot off on anybody.”
Now, Kyle Korver may not be the flashiest name that recruits hope to draw comparisons to, but Korver just completed his 15th year in the NBA and that is something none of these recruits would pass up.
So where does Allen stand with UK and when does he plan to make a decision about his college destination?
“He told me this past weekend that the plan is to be committed and signed before the high school season starts, fall signing period,” Quattrocchi said. “He’s happy to have a senior year where he’s not worried about his recruitment.”
The coach did emphasize that Allen still intended on using all of his official visits for the year, although he has taken unofficial visits to most of the schools that have offered him.
With DJ Jeffries out of the picture, Allen went from a recruit that could potentially contribute to a guy that could be an important piece of the overall class.
Do you think Dontaie Allen will end up at Kentucky?