LEXINGTON — The first trend in an anticipated wave of Kentucky basketball offseason roster sprint is an anticipated one.

Sophomore guard Dontaie Allen announced Thursday he’s coming into the switch portal. The feeble Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Pendleton County struggled to wreck into UK’s valuable rotation all over the closing two seasons after redshirting in his first year on campus while rehabbing from a torn ACL that ended his highschool occupation early.

“This dart has been love no other,” Allen wrote in a demonstrate posted to Twitter. “I cannot thank Spacious Blue Nation adequate for embracing me unconditionally during the highs and lows. A kid from Kentucky given an unbelievable change to play for his dream college. This would not in reality feel dazzling with out thanking all of my coaches, brothers, the trainers, the workers, Spacious Blue Nation and all individuals who made my closing three years so particular. Lexington, Kentucky will with out a sign of ending be home.”

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Kentucky’s Dontaie Allen makes a bucket against North Florida.Nov. 26, 2021

Kentucky’s Dontaie Allen makes a bucket against North Florida.Nov. 26, 2021

After averaging 14 minutes per game in 22 video games as a redshirt freshman in 2020-21, Allen regarded in finest 18 video games this season, averaging 6.7 minutes per game.

“Dontaie has been a ravishing teammate and brought lots to our program,” Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted after Allen’s announcement. “He battled to conquer an injury early and by no scheme let the adversity swap who he used to be. Gay with you, Dontaie! Thank you for the closing three years and I want you nothing however success in your dart!”

Why Dontaie Allen is transferring from Kentucky

Allen arrived on campus at UK with the reputation as an elite 3-level shooter who used to be a work in progress on protection. Even after returning to the court upfront of the 2020-21 season, Allen realized minutes worthy to realize by.

As closing season’s Kentucky crew struggled to a 1-6 start up, Allen’s lack of playing time became a frequent grievance amongst followers. Sooner or later given an change in an early January game against Mississippi Remark, Allen erupted for 23 components in an time beyond law victory to wait on Kentucky snap a six-game losing hurry. Three days later, Allen scored 14 components in a seize over Vanderbilt to lock down a pickle in the rotation.

Allen would attain double digits in components finest once extra in the frequent season, even supposing. He scored ethical eight components in the supreme nine frequent season video games to recede relief in direction of the cease of the bench.

His redshirt freshman season had one extra surprise in it, even supposing, as Allen but again scored 23 components in the season-ending SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi Remark. Allen finishe the season as Kentucky’s finest 3-level shooter at 39.7% (31 for 78).

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Regardless of the solid attain, Allen used to be handed over in the summer as Calipari rebuilt the roster in wake of the embarrassing 9-16 season. Four guards were added to the roster, including transfers Kellan Grady, Sahvir Wheeler and C.J. Fredrick.

Again, Allen used to be relegated to the cease of the bench.

Any hope for earning a bigger role instant evaporated as Allen’s in most cases potent 3-level shot failed him as a sophomore.

He made ethical 7 of 37 makes an attempt (18.9%) beyond the arc on the season. When mammoth senior guard Davion Mintz overlooked three video games in December with an illness, Allen purchased his change to create a bigger role. He played double digit minutes in three consecutive video games against Albany, North Florida and Central Michigan however transformed ethical 3 of 20 3-level makes an attempt in that stretch.

After Mintz returned to the rotation, Allen played better than three minutes in a game ethical two extra cases. He scored ethical five extra components the rest of the season, all of which came in a Jan. 25 seize over Mississippi Remark.

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What’s subsequent for Kentucky basketball recruiting

Replacing Allen in particular would possibly well per chance per chance additionally not be a high precedence for Calipari since he played so minute this season, however the Hall of Standing coach will want to be sure he boosts the crew’s 3-level shooting with Grady and Mintz additionally having played their supreme video games as Wildcats.

Fredrick’s return from a hamstring injury that tag him the complete 2021-22 season would possibly well per chance per chance additionally simply quiet wait on in that division. Kentucky has signed two high-10 ranked guards in the 2022 class (Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston) however every quiet want trend as shooters.

The finest question going during the roster stays the kind forward for Nationwide Participant of the three hundred and sixty five days Oscar Tshiebwe and mid-year enrollee Shaedon Sharpe. If Sharpe elects to begin up his decent occupation with out playing a game for Kentucky, the want so as to add a switch guard to subsequent season’s roster is much extra pronounced.

Email Jon Hale at jahale@courier-journal.com; Be conscious him on Twitter at @JonHale_CJ.

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