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Dontaie Allen on why transferring was not an option, how he’s improving his game

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“I’m going to be more than great in my eyes this coming season in all aspects of my game.”

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One of the few bright spots for the Kentucky Wildcats last season was Dontaie Allen and his three-point shooting ability.

All season, the fanbase wanted to see Allen get more playing time, and on two separate occasions, he logged 30 minutes and scored 23 points both times.

In a summer interview this week, Allen was asked about the fans and if any added pressure was put on him.

“I was just playing my game,” he said. “A lot of things could distract or get to certain people in that position, but me, I just kept my head down and kept working.”

Many fans were worried that Allen would look to move on after last season and seek new opportunities elsewhere. However, he admitted going somewhere else wasn’t an option as he is working on the weaker parts of his game.

“The biggest thing for me was, I pride myself on working hard, I’m not a quitter by any means, so coming back was more like, what else do I have to add to my regiment? What do I have to do differently, whether it’s ball-handling, which I agreed on, or certain things I have to work on, and I acknowledge that,” Allen said.

The biggest points of emphasis this offseason for Allen? Ball-handling, quickness, and confidence.

“At the end of the day it comes down to confidence,” Allen stated. “I wouldn’t say I was lacking confidence, but I think it’s something I’ve worked on all summer and I’m going to be more than great in my eyes this coming season in all aspects of my game.”

This was a big offseason for Kentucky, as John Calipari has brought in a number of sharpshooters which is something last years team was lacking. Allen knew he was a “catch-and-shoot” player last year, but he believes that will change with the new roster.

You can hear what all Allen had to say in his summer interview below via KSR.

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