Status: UK commitment
Small forward | 6-6 | 210
School: Pendleton County
Hometown: Falmouth, Ky.
Allen blew up on the national scene while playing for M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs during the summer, and he committed to Kentucky on the first day of August, immediately after landing a scholarship offer from John Calipari.
He is the first in-state recruit to commit to UK — or even get an offer from the Cats — since Dominique Hawkins in 2013, and Allen grew up a Kentucky basketball fan.
An offensively gifted player, Allen averaged 31.8 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range for Pendleton County as a junior, and he’ll certainly be one of the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball honors in the state of Kentucky this season.
His play on the summer circuit vaulted him into the Top 100 national rankings, according to Rivals.com and 247Sports, and he picked up scholarship offers from Louisville, Florida, Xavier, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Purdue and several other major programs along the way.
Allen signed with UK on Nov. 14 and got off to a spectacular start to his senior season, but he suffered a torn ACL in late December, ending his high school career early.
Allen averaged 31.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a junior at Pendleton County, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from three-point range.
“It starts with his good size and length for a perimeter player. And then it’s his shooting ability — I think that’s probably what stuck out to me the most. He has an easy, clean stroke. … I think it’s pretty clear he’s a confident shot-maker from distance.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels