Grayson Allen to return to Duke for senior season

Grayson Allen has a career scoring average of 13.6 for the Blue Devils

Allen will be expected to provide leadership as one of only two seniors on the Blue Devils next season.

On Tuesday, Duke announced that guard Grayson Allen will return to the school for his senior year in 2017-2018.

Allen averaged 14.5 points per game last season on a loaded Duke squad that won the ACC tournament before falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament to SC.


Even so, his presence on next year's Duke team provides some needed continuity.

Allen, a 6-5 guard, was one of the most disliked players in college basketball after a series of tripping incidents and meltdowns during games.

Despite his basketball talent and IQ, many felt that Allen's inability to control his emotions would be a deciding factor in where he was taken in the draft. I'm completely focused on helping Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and our staff lead this team to a special season. His scoring average dropped more than seven points per game compared to his sophomore campaign, and he was suspended after tripping an opposing player, something he has built a reputation for doing. Tatum and Harry Giles turned pro after their freshman seasons, Kennard also entered the draft early and backup big men Chase Jeter and Sean Obi are transferring. Allen struggled to adjust to his new role as point guard and Duke never met its lofty expectations before falling to SC in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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