Team Leader: Grayson Allen
After playing his freshman season as a reserve and winning a championship, Grayson Allen has shown during his sophomore campaign that he can indeed be the leader on offense. The former five-star talent from Jacksonville saw his scoring average rise from 4.4 points per game last year to a team-best 21.8 per game this season. Allen also shot 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from long range, showing great prowess in driving to the basket while also stepping back for a jump shot.
And combined with teammate Brandon Ingram, Allen has gone into overdrive in the NCAA Tournament. He is averaging 26 points and six rebounds per game over Duke’s two games and is also shooting 50 percent from the field plus 36 percent from long range.
Yes, Allen does rely a bit on the three-ball and has a date with a tough Oregon defense ahead of him, but he’s the kind of guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder even though it got him into trouble earlier this year with a pair of tripping incidents. So long as he carries that same never say die attitude against the Ducks, he can look forward to another strong performance that hopefully brings his team another big win.