Apr 302018

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

Pendleton County basketball standout Dontaie Allen generated some buzz over the weekend, playing for MATTS Mustangs at the Terrific 24 event in the Indianapolis area.

247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Snow singled out Allen as a high-major prospect in a write-up Saturday, noting that coaches from Purdue, Providence and Xavier were all there to watch him play that day.

On Sunday morning, new Louisville head coach Chris Mack turned away from the Nike and Under Armour events in the area just to see Allen play. He was joined by Xavier head coach Travis Steele, who was watching Allen for the second day in a row.

Allen — a 6-foot-7 wing player in the class of 2019 — averaged 31.8 points per game and was a Herald-Leader first-team all-state selection as a junior this past season. He’s hit a bit of a growth spurt in recent months and is a highly skilled prospect who can also shoot from long range. He was a 40 percent shooter from three-point range during the high school campaign, making 74 threes in 32 games.

UK assistant coach Joel Justus recently visited Allen, and he received an invitation to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky later this summer, an indication that the Wildcats remain interested in his recruitment.

Kentucky, which is also looking at University Heights guard KyKy Tandy, has not signed an in-state scholarship player since Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis joined the Cats in 2013.


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