While Dontaie Allen didn’t get to see any game action this past season, it seems like Kentucky head coach John Calipari is excited to see what the Kentucky native can bring to the floor next season.
“The last month of the season, started playing at a level – intensity, conditioning – that he could have played in games,” Calipari said. “But it was only the last month of the season. He was still learning plays, spacing, press attacks, zone stuff. He was still learning all of that. But he would have been able to get in games. I’m not saying play 10 straight minutes. But he could have gone in the game and held his own. So, I’m excited for him coming back and I think he’s excited.”
Allen spent most of this year rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered during his high school season as well as a collarbone injury he sustained during an automobile collision. Toward the end of the season, however, Calipari noted that Allen could see some playing time, but he ultimately decided not to put Allen in and lose his redshirt.
Now Allen returns as a redshirt freshman with a year at Kentucky under his belt and a talented group of players coming in. Allen certainly could carve a role out with the team as a guy who can be an exceptional three-point shooter and play really solid defense, a role that he could turn into notable minutes on a team expected to be stocked with talent.
One thing is for sure: Allen is going to be a fan favorite whenever he hits the floor. We all look forward to seeing what he can bring to the table.
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