Is Dontaie Allen the Fix For UK’s Small Forward Woes?

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Freshman Dontaie Allen during the 2019-20 UK men’s basketball Photo Day at the Joe Craft Center on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

Is Scoring Still an Issue?

Despite their massive overtime victory against rival Louisville this week, the Kentucky Wildcats still have some questions to answer. While Tyrese Maxey has emerged as an explosive scorer, his efficiency and consistency have been erratic. Immanuel Quickley has also been a reliable bucket-getter, but certainly could use some help.

When it comes to the wing position, there has been almost no production in the scoring column. Kahlil Whitney has been almost completely removed from the rotation in recent games. Johnny Juzang still struggles to see any shots go in, and Keion Brooks has been somewhat productive. This is still a major hole for the Wildcats to fill. With the emergence of Nick Richards and the solid guard play, this team needs to find consistent production at the wing spot.

With multiple options, it’s unknown why nobody has emerged at the Small Forward spot. While having two former 5 Stars and a 4 star sharpshooter at the position, you would think that someone would break out. As we enter conference play, however, we have yet to see that emergence.

Who is Dontaie Allen?

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Dontaie Allen is a 6’6, 201 lb SF/SG from Falmouth, Kentucky. He played his high school ball for Pendleton County High. Dontaie is statistically one of the most prolific scorers in Kentucky High School history. He was a four star recruit, and the 3rd ranked player in the state of Kentucky for the 2019 class.

Statistically, Allen’s senior year at Pendleton was nothing short of impressive. He averaged 42.9 points and 14.2 rebounds per game. His scoring totals were the best in the state, and much more than any other Kentucky signee.

Dontaie is currently recovering from a torn ACL, and all signs point to him making a return sometime during conference play.

Allen’s game is just what Kentucky needs. His versatility allows him to play the 2, 3, and even the 4. He’s a good rebounder with a lanky body. Allen is a knockdown three point shooter, and can score from anywhere on the floor. He’s an above average athlete as well. Dontaie’s main attraction is his ability to put the ball in the basket, which is exactly what Kentucky needs. He’s an elite scorer from both three point land and mid-range. He’s a serviceable inside scorer as well, but his weapon is his jumpshot.

With Kahlil Whitney, Keion Brooks, and Johnny Juzang struggling to get any offensive game going, it’s going to be interesting to see if Dontaie Allen provides that much-needed burst at the position.

A lineup of Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, Dontaie Allen, EJ Montgomery, and Nick Richards would be a nasty combo if Allen comes in and outshines the other wings. He adds depth and a desirable skillset to this Wildcats team, and may fill the hole at SF.

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