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Dontaie Allen may return soon to help UK’s shooting woes

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Allen is inching closer toward a return for a Kentucky team that needs all the offensive help it can get.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are a walking MASH unit right now.

Between EJ Montgomery’s ankle, Immanuel Quickley’s chest, Ashton Hagans’ leg, Nick Richards’ ankle and Kahlil Whitney’s dislocated finger, just about every scholarship player has been banged up at one point or another.

That also includes Dontaie Allen, a 2019 four-star recruit who has been recovering from a torn ACL and broken collarbone suffered over the last year prior to his arrival in Lexington. It’s been a mystery as to when he’ll return, but it could be coming soon.

According to Shawn Smith, Allen’s mom posted a video of him dunking and said he is on track to begin practicing by the end of the month.

If that’s true, then it’s possible Allen returns to game action sometime in mid-to-late December, possibly when Kentucky begins a crucial three-game stretch vs. Utah, Ohio State and Louisville.

While Allen is coming off a long layoff, reports over the summer suggested he was one of, if not the best shooter on the team. He even drew comparisons to current NBA player Kyle Korver, one of the league’s best shooters of the 2000s, as if we needed any more reason to have unreasonable hype about his eventual return.

Considering the Wildcats are shooting just 13/61 (21%) attempts through four games, they need all the help they can get. He won’t be a savior, but Allen will be a much-needed boost whenever he returns.

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