Posted On: 10/6/16 1:53 PM
Grayson Allen has made a statement in Durham, whether you like him or not, is up to you.
The former Jacksonville Providence Stallion has set the college basketball world on fire over the past year, earning all-american honors, and averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes last year in his sophomore campaign for the Blue Devils.
Leading a loaded Duke Blue Devils squad, with freshman phenoms Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Marques Bolden, Javin Delaurier, Jack White and Frank Jackson in addition to veteran leaders Luke Kennard, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, their sights are set on another national title. But the question still remains? Who will
“It’s nice to score 20 points a game. It’s also nice to end your season with a win,” Allen told Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News. “That’s what I’m trying to do this year. If that means I go from scoring 20 points a game to having five guys score around 10-11 points a game, that’s great with me. I know that doesn’t mean that I’ve become worse of a player.”
While some of his decision making has been called into question last year with the infamous action of tripping players, Allen has owned up to the actions, and has admitted making mistakes, but that won’t keep opposing fans from booing passionately during intros.
“I can’t say the criticism came on me unfairly because I made two mistakes,” Allen said. “With mistakes, there’s obviously something that going to come with that.”
There is no doubt that Allen will be in a position to be an All-American, and his leadership, and his experience in big games will be a big asset for a young Duke team that needs the veteran leader on a team that, for the most part hasn’t been there before.