Saturday was a special night in Rupp, and it’s one that future Kentucky Wildcats wing Dontaie Allen got to take in.
Allen, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in December, has been rehabbing in Lexington as he’s hopeful of being ready for the 2019-20 season, though it’s possible he redshirts.
In the meantime, Allen was able to attend Saturday’s demolition of the Tennessee Volunteers. Because Allen has already signed his national letter of intent, UK was allowed to honor him during Saturday’s game:
Allen and Governor Matt Bevin were both actually shown on the Rupp Arena screen during that timeout. It was a roaring ovation for Allen but loud boos for Bevin.
While Allen was behind the bench for the game, he sat next to five-star forward Keion Brooks, who made a surprise visit for the big game. Brooks is believed to be making the decision soon, so it certainly helps that he made it to Lexington and had Allen right next to him for this special night.
It probably also helps that Indiana, the perceived favorite for Brooks, was demolished by Minnesota that same day and now look unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament.
Hopefully, UK will have Allen and Brooks playing together next season.