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Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen wins Mr. Basketball

Allen wins one of the most prestigious honors a high school athlete can get.

Alex Slitz - Lexington Herald-Leader

On Tuesday, Kentucky Basketball signee Dontaie Allen was named Mr. Basketball during a ceremony at the Lexington Convention Center.

While Allen had a strong junior season at Pendleton County last year, he became a monster over the summer. That momentum certainly carried into his senior year, as he averaged 42.9 points and 14.2 rebounds per game for the first 13 games of the season.

Those numbers led the state in both categories. Unfortunately, he had a season-ending knee injury that limited his senior campaign to those 13 games.

During his time on the court, Allen was clearly the best basketball player in the state of Kentucky. He scored 50 or more points in six of those games, and he was absolutely unstoppable in every one of them. But after he went down, his team only won one game for the remainder of the season.

Big Blue Nation is really looking forward to having the 4-star forward play in Rupp Arena next season. And while his senior year did not go as planned, it is great to see him get some recognition for how dominant he was in limited action.

At 6’6, Allen has the ability to score from every level. He can create space, finish around the basket, and hit three-point shots. His size also allows him to play in the paint, and he is an excellent rebounder. While his ball-handling could use some work and his athleticism is not yet top-tier, Allen has the ability to be a great college basketball player and potentially a pro someday.

Check out some highlights of what we can expect to see from Mr. Basketball in Rupp Arena for the next few years.

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