Kentucky’s Dontaie Allen is close to making his return to the basketball court.
After suffering a torn ACL last December, the Pendleton County native has worked to get back to one hundred percent and he’s close.
According to his mother April Allen-Thomas, the freshman wing is on track to begin full practice at the end of the month.
Following Monday’s win vs. Utah Valley, Allen was in the gym putting in a late workout. His mother posted the following video to social media.
Dontaie Allen’s mother posted this video last night. According to her, Allen is on track to begin full practice at the end of this month. pic.twitter.com/LCAZHlwshy
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) November 19, 2019
Allen looks healthy and him dunking shows the knee is ready. Now we will see what John Calipari decides to do.
Even with Allen resuming practice at the end of the month, fans shouldn’t expect to see him in a game anytime soon. We’ve seen in the past that Calipari won’t rush players into minutes when they’re coming off injuries.
A redshirt is still in play for Allen until he appears in a game for Kentucky. That could be the plan in place but the Wildcats are already thin due to multiple players suffering injuries early this season.
Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley have all missed time so far this season with an injury. Montgomery hasn’t played since the season opener vs. Michigan State.
Glad to see Allen is close to making his way to the court. Whether it’s this season or moving forward, the former Kentucky Mr. Basketball winner will be a key piece to the Wildcats.