Kentucky lands commitment from local F Allen

Four-star small forward Dontaie Allen announced his commitment to Kentucky on Thursday, making him the first in-state recruit for the Wildcats in more than five years.

“I ROCK KENTUCKY BLUE,” Allen tweeted, adding a note to thank the schools that recruited him and the people who have helped him during his career.

A 6-foot-6 wing from Pendleton County High School, Allen committed on the spot after Wildcats head coach John Calipari told him on Wednesday that Kentucky would give him an offer.

“Kentucky has always been in his heart,” Allen’s father, Tony Thomas, told the Lexington Herald Leader on Thursday. “We were going to keep the options open and just see where we landed at, but by going on the visit and sitting down and having a conversation with Coach Cal, it just felt right.”

The last in-state recruits to get a scholarship offer from the Wildcats came in the 2013 class, when Dominique Hawkins (Madison Central) and Derek Willis (Bullitt East) both committed to join Kentucky.

Allen broke out at the Under Armour Challenge last week in Cartersville, Ga., leading to offers from several big schools, including Louisville, Florida, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Oklahoma. He led the tournament in scoring (26.4 points per game) and finished fourth in rebounds (6.8) and assists (4.8).