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Former Cat Dontaie Allen embracing new start at WKU

Dontaie Allen was sold on WKU with no promises of playing time, only a promise of opportunity in what soon became a deep WKU team.

When  was pouring in 3-pointer after 3-pointer at tiny Pendleton County High School, one of the first colleges to notice his ability was  University (WKU).

The more he scored, the more colleges noticed him – including the University of Kentucky.

When coach John Calipari offered a scholarship, he couldn't resist so he took his 3,255 career points to Lexington in what best can be described as an erratic and frustrating career as a Wildcat for the 6-foot-6 shooting guard.

Fast-forward to last spring and Dontaie Allen needed a change of scenery and, once again, WKU was knocking on his door.

“Western was one of my first offers so it's definitely something when I entered the portal this summer Western was one of the first people to hit me up again,” said Allen, a redshirt junior at WKU's Media Day Wednesday. “It was one of those things that I had to go down there for a visit and just see how it is and just see how the staff is.”

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On June 24, 2010, Kentucky had five players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft. John Wall became the first Wildcat ever named the overall No. 1 pick when he was selected by the Washington Wizards.  DeMarcus Cousins was selected fifth by the Sacramento Kings, Patrick Patterson went 14th to the Houston Rockets, Eric Bledsoe went 18th to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Daniel Orton was picked 29th by the Orlando Magic.

 

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