Grayson Allen has been reformed.
After another tripping incident, this time against Elon and his third such incident in two years, Allen was suspended indefinitely since Dec. 22.
That suspension will be lifted and Allen will return to the Blue Devils lineup in time to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Allen’s suspension caused him to miss only one game, an ugly loss to Virginia Tech.
The end of his suspension comes at a curious time. Coach Krzyzewski will be missing extended time after it was revealed he needed back surgery and the team could begin to fall apart without its best player and legendary coach. Was the suspension strategically given so as to maximize the amount of time Allen was suspended while minimizing the amount of actual games he missed?
If so, well done, Duke. They likely avoided more strict punitive action by the NCAA by acting so quickly on the matter, and still hold a 12-2 record with the majority of their conference schedule ahead of them.
With Allen back in the starting lineup, Duke should again look like a dominant team. However his absence revealed a lack of depth and consistency elsewhere on the team. Duke obviously needs Allen to go anywhere this season, so lets hope he can avoid tripping himself up again (or someone else, for that matter), as Duke makes its way through the rest of the season.