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Kentucky's first in-state signee in five years led the state in scoring until a knee injury derailed his senior season. After overcoming the initial shock, sharpshooter Dontaie Allen is on the road to recovery.
On pace to become a top five scorer in the history of the state, Allen suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in late December. He underwent successful surgery about three weeks ago and Allen's father, Tony Thomas, told the Herald-Leader
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Kentucky players and coaches have been supportive since Allen's injury. His father said so far Allen is recovering "faster than expected," although there's no particular timetable for his return to the hardwood. Allen could potentially redshirt in his freshman season, but it has not been discussed.
“It hasn’t even been brought up with the coaches,” Thomas said. “We’re just going to take our time with it and see how he progresses, as far as his physical therapy and working on his game to get back in game-ready shape. We’re going to take it one day at a time, and then when that bridge comes, we’ll see if we decide to cross it. We’ll discuss it a little bit more as a family and with the staff at UK, and we’ll make a decision from there. But, as of right now, no one has even brought it up.” A question I hear over and over again is whether or not physical therapy is all that important after an accident. People seem to respond to accidents in one of two ways. Either they focus on the pain and refuse to try to recover, or they overexert themselves and are even worse off. It's very seldom that I see the third and best response to an accident. This is the wise recovery. In this situation people recover at an appropriate rate and optimize their health. The chances of this occurring are greatly increased by physical therapy.
Adversity hit Allen in the chin. He plans to come back swinging.