Earning a Michael Jordan Comparison and Coming Off Suspension Turmoils, Who’s Donatie Allen? All You Need to Know About 23YO Star

Published 01/07/2024, 12:13 AM EST

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Shades of His Airness were seen in a recent matchup between Kentucky and Liberty. The main spark behind this court encounter was Dontaie Allen whose athleticism and strategic efficiency left rivals in the dust and reminded many of the era when the legend’s mid-air leaps would drop dandy dunks.

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But before the MJ style took the center stage, tension built as the game went on. Both teams however battled heroically in the face of an overwhelming task, with Kentucky holding the advantage until the very last whistle.

Replicating 1990’s Michael Jordan

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On Saturday night, the Conference USA competition got underway, with Western Kentucky defeating Liberty 70-68 thanks to 18 points from Don McHenry. McHenry shot 8 of 13 for the Hilltoppers (12-3), going 1 for 3 from beyond the arc.

Dontaie Allen scored 13 points on 4 of 6 shots, including 2 of 3 from beyond the 3-point arc and 3 of 5 from the free throw line. Both Brandon Newman and Rodney Howard contributed 11 points. The Hilltoppers’ winning run now stands at eight games.

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Dontaie Allen’s Michael Jordan-esque pass came as a surprise to many spectators. With just 2 seconds left in the second quarter, Allen displayed incredible skill and precision as he soared through the air, mimicking Jordan’s iconic mid-air maneuvers from the 90s.

The crowd erupted in applause as they witnessed this extraordinary display of athleticism and style. Allen’s performance not only earned him comparisons to the legendary baller but also showcased his unique abilities on the basketball court. It was a moment that will undoubtedly be remembered in Conference USA history.

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Swimming right through suspension turmoil

Before his recent game, coach Stansbury expressed remorse for allowing Allen to play while he was ineligible due to academic issues. The university discovered the problem during a routine eligibility check and immediately declared him ineligible, resulting in his missing the next four games. Stansbury reaffirmed the university’s commitment to academic integrity and promised to prevent similar oversights in the future. Allen’s ineligibility came as a significant setback to the Hilltoppers, as he had been a crucial part of the team’s success. However, fans and teammates are now relieved that he is back on the court.

The university imposed a penalty of $500 on the team for every game that Allen was ineligible for during the spring semester. Due to student privacy rules, the university has not released any comments on the matter. Nonetheless, the school confirmed that none of the games Allen participated in while disqualified would be forfeited.

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At the beginning of the season, Allen was averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, with an overall shooting percentage of 47.1% and a three-point shooting percentage of 44.4%.

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Nima Murugan

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“Basketball isn’t an act of jumping jacks, it’s a sport mirroring life through assists and rebounds”. Before becoming an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, I was drawn to the world of basketball when 'The Chosen One' first started locking horns with 'His Airness' over the GOAT debate. Some discourses shape your imagination and rightly so.
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