Grayson Allen to return to Duke for senior season


Duke junior guard Grayson Allen will return to Durham for his senior season, the school announced Tuesday.

Following an All-American sophomore campaign, Allen averaged 14.5 points per game this past season and led the Blue Devils in assists (119).

“The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer,” Allen said. “I’m a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it. The chance to play with next year’s team just felt right. I’m completely focused on helping Coach K and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student, and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don’t take for granted.”

DraftExpress projected Allen as a top-20 NBA Draft pick in April 2016. However, injuries and a suspension slowed Allen in his third year at Duke. He served a one-game suspension in December after tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana on Dec. 21.

For his career, Allen owns averages of 13.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 105 games. He is a career .435 shooter from the floor and .386 from outside the arc, while his career .830 free throw percentage ranks seventh in program history (min. 200 FTM).

Allen will enter the 2017-18 season as the leading active scorer in the ACC with 1,424 total points, a figure that ranks 33rd on Duke’s career chart.



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