FALMOUTH, Ky. (KT) - Legislation approved by state lawmakers this year means a stretch of US 27 in Pendleton County will soon have signage honoring Kentucky’s 2019 Mr. Basketball, Dontaie Allen.
Lawmakers approved the action as part of a package of honorary roadside signs designated by the 2020 General Assembly to recognize community accomplishments and honor individuals who have inspired and improved the lives of fellow Kentuckians.
“Ceremonially naming roads and bridges is a popular tradition Kentuckians take pride in to recognize people and milestones that bring respect to the Commonwealth,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray.
In Pendleton County, a pair of signs on U.S. 27 near Pendleton County High School will declare the community “Home of Dontaie Allen 2019 KY Mr. Basketball.”
State Rep. Mark Hart, R-Falmouth, said, “It’s such a pleasure to recognize a young man who has come to mean so much to this community. Through hard work, determination and the support of his coaches, family, and teachers, Dontaie Allen has built on his God-given talents to become a world-class basketball player. He’s a leader on and off the court and I’m looking forward to watching him play again as a Wildcat, this time at UK.”
Allen finished his high school career with 3,255 career points, ranking him 11th all-time in state history. He also pulled down 1,228 rebounds, good for 22nd all time in Kentucky. He averaged 42.9 points and 14.2 rebounds during his senior season, and scored 50 or more points in six games, despite his season being cut short after 13 games, due to a torn ACL in his left knee.
He signed with the University of Kentucky, but redshirted his first year, to recover from the injury.
Fifty-nine honorary names were designated statewide and will appear on 13 bridges, 29 roads and 16 other locations. The signage will remain posted indefinitely unless otherwise specified by House Joint Resolution 105, which won unanimous approval in both chambers.