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‘I have no intention to redshirt.’ Dontaie Allen plans to play at UK next year.

Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen gets standing ovation in Rupp Arena

Kentucky basketball signee Dontaie Allen was introduced to the crowd in Rupp Arena during Saturday night's game against No. 1-ranked Tennessee.
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Kentucky basketball signee Dontaie Allen was introduced to the crowd in Rupp Arena during Saturday night's game against No. 1-ranked Tennessee.

Dontaie Allen missed most of his senior season. at Pendleton County. He’s hoping to not miss any of his freshman year.

The University of Kentucky signee was named Mr. Basketball Tuesday at the Lexington Convention Center. He told reporters on site that he doesn’t plan to redshirt at UK during the 2019-20 school year.

“I have no intention to redshirt,” said Allen, who signed with UK in November. “I think I’ll be good by then but I’m just gonna play it by ear.”

Allen played in only 13 games as a senior after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his left knee in December. He was averaging 42.9 points and 14.2 rebounds prior to the injury.

He is doing physical therapy three days a week in Lexington, and was wearing a brace Tuesday.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the process,” Allen said. “There’s really not a timeline right now, it’s just pretty much getting better.”

Pendleton County Coach Keaton Belcher in a separate interview echoed Allen’s optimism about playing for next season.

“I think he’s on pace to be in uniform next year at UK,” Belcher said.

Josh Moore is a digital sports reporter who specializes in preps coverage. He’s in his fourth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore graduated with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English from the University of Kentucky in 2013.


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