Calipari updates Dontaie Allen’s status for this season

 Posted by at 3:47 PM on February 8, 2020
Feb 082020


Following a victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night, Kentucky Coach John Calipari noted that UK freshman Dontaie Allen had been impressive in a recent team workout and might make his Wildcats debut sometime soon.

Allen, the reigning Kentucky Mr. Basketball, suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus in December 2018 and has not returned to the court since that injury and his subsequent knee surgery in January 2019. After Saturday’s game at Tennessee, the Cats have just eight games left in the regular season, then the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

Calipari addressed Allen’s status again Friday, and here’s everything he said on the subject:

On Dontaie Allen and if there are any developments after saying Tuesday he may consider playing him …
“I’m not sure he’s ready yet. He’s going hard and he’s never gone this hard. Now, we just have to see what kind of shape he’s in. I asked Kenny (Payne) and he said, ‘I don’t think he’s ready yet.’ But we’ll see.”

On if there’s a timetable to make a decision on Allen …
“We don’t know how this all is going to play out. So, I don’t want to say. But I don’t want to do is use a year of his eligibility for no reason. I mean, there’s got to be some reason we’re doing it.”

On if he’d be in favor of the football rule of being able to play redshirt players a few games during their redshirt season …
“I kind of like that. I kind of like what they do. I’m not sure, does football like it? [Reporters: They love it.] Then I would say we probably should do it. Football loves it, let’s (do it).”

On if matters to save a year of eligibility for Allen given all his players who have left early for the professional ranks …
“Well, it’s not about me and it’s not about the program. It’s about him. If you want to do what’s right for us, you stick him in a game and you hope he helps you win, and if he doesn’t he never plays again. I’ve said to him, ‘You get yourself in great shape and then we make a decision. We’ll make one based on what you think.’ ”

On what kind of shape Allen needs to be in to play …
“Game condition. He’s behind in what we run and knowing all of the stuff that we go through. He’s behind. But he’s trying. The great thing about this team is we have a bunch of great guys that are talking to him. ‘Go down. Stay down. You’ll come off me. Yeah, this time.’ So, it’s funny to watch. But you kind of let it go because I do want them to be coaching each other.”


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