After it appeared a redshirt could be in the cards for Dontaie Allen, it sounds like he may actually have significant role for the 2019-20 Kentucky Wildcats.
The four-star recruit from Pendleton County had a lot of hype at the time of his commitment this time last year. He had just skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings following a dominant summer circuit, then he scored the illustrious Kentucky offer and committed on the spot.
Since his commitment, the hype has died down significantly, not that is Allen’s fault. He suffered a season ending knee injury back in December and then was later injured in a minor car accident which broke his collar bone.
Now, Dontaie is finally on the verge of being completely healthy for the first time in a almost a year, and he is killing it in summer practice for the Wildcats right now.
According to KSR’s Jack Pilgrim, Allen has cemented himself as the best shooter on the team as of right now. The coaching staff believes that Allen is so good as of right now, that they would have a hard time redshirting Allen for the season, despite him still recovering from his torn ACL.
Allen has also bulked up since he got to campus, as has the rest of the squad. The coaching staff believes that Allen can be a special player in the long-term aspect.
Pilgrim added another nugget about Allen from his recruitment that should excite UK fans even more about the future of this Kentucky native.
During the recruiting process, a source close to Allen told KSR that a high-major Division I assistant coach felt the Pendleton County star was going to be the next Kyle Korver.
Korver has been one of the best shooters in the NBA during the 2000s, so being compared to him is a high mark for Allen.
I would still expect to see Allen on the court sometime this season, but you know Calipari never likes to chance injuries that have occurred to his players, so he’ll make sure Allen gets all the time he needs to recover.