Grayson Allen Announces Return to Duke Blue Devils for Senior Season

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 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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Duke guard Grayson Allen has decided to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the NBA draft, per the team's official site.

He provided a message to fans on the team's official Twitter account:

Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles have all declared for the draft from the Blue Devils.

Allen will try to rebuild his draft stock after a disappointing 2016-17 season. After averaging 21.6 points per game on 46.6 percent shooting from the field as a sophomore, he struggled during his junior year with just 14.5 ppg and a field-goal percentage of 39.6.

The preseason ACC Player of the Year wasn't even named to one of the postseason All-ACC teams.

He also dealt with disciplinary issues when he was suspended for multiple incidents of tripping opponents on the court.

While he was a potential first-round pick in the 2016 draft, he wouldn't be a guaranteed selection in either round this year. DraftExpress currently lists him as the No. 45 overall player available.

However, with 1,424 career points, a national championship and an ACC tournament title already on his resume, Allen has a chance to become an all-time Duke great. 


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