Grayson Allen to Return to Duke for Senior Year


Duke shooting guard Grayson Allen will return to Durham for his senior year, bypassing the 2017 NBA Draft, the school announced on Tuesday.

“The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer,” Allen said in a statement released by the University. “I’m a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it. I love being a Duke student, and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don’t take for granted.”

During the 2016-17 season, Allen averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals per in 29.6 minutes of play. Allen was responsible for 18% of Dukes total offensive outing including 24% of the teams three-point buckets.

Allen was down in points, field goal percentage, rebounds, steals and minutes last season compared to the 2015-16 season. His return is key for a Duke team that will lose 67% of its scoring. Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and Chase Jeter are all gone.

For the 2017-18 season, the Blue Devils bring in five-stars Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr along with four-star Alex O’Connell. Coach K and staff are also pursuing five-star Mo Bamba, Trevon Duval and Kevin Knox and are trying to get in the mix for four-star guard Mark Smith.

“The chance to play with next year’s team just felt right,” Allen continued. “I’m completely focused on helping Coach K and our staff lead this team to a special season.”


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