Grayson Allen Says He Doesn't Regret Forgoing 2016 NBA Draft to Return to Duke

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2017

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 09: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Although the year hasn't exactly gone as expected for Grayson Allen, he has no regrets about his decision to stay in college. 

"I knew with the decision I made, once I made it, I was going to live with it," Allen said Thursday, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. "Obviously, I haven't had the season I'd like to have. A lot of things out of my control happened. I didn't know I was going to get injured three games into the year, reinjured later and all stuff happen in the middle."

After averaging 21.6 points per game last season, the Duke star had an opportunity to leave for the NBA draft and possibly become a first-round pick. However, a down year has left question marks about his ability to succeed at the next level.

DraftExpress currently lists Allen as the No. 44 overall prospect in the 2017 class.

Meanwhile, the guard has struggled at an individual level. He entered 2016-17 as the preseason ACC Player of the Year and earned the most votes on the preseason Associated Press All-America team.

Allen ended up averaging just 14.1 points per game while shooting 39.0 percent from the field, missing out on All-ACC honors.

Despite the struggles, Allen is focused on team success.

"For me, I'm making best of the situation," he said. "I didn't come back for personal goals; I came back to be in the spot I am right now and trying to make another run for a national championship, and I'm still able to do that. So there's no regrets there."

Duke is a No. 2 seed and is considered a favorite to bring home a national championship at 6-1 odds, per OddsShark.