One of the most polarizing figures for the Duke Blue Devils this year was sophomore point guard Grayson Allen. He had been a candidate for the player of the year award all season and many expected him to move on to the NBA Draft this summer.
However, that all changed on Wednesday when it was reported that Allen, the hero of the 2015 NCAA Tournament national title game, would be returning for his junior season.
Brian Hamilton of SI.com reported the news via Twitter.
Grayson Allen will return to Duke for his junior season. Blue Devils will be absolutely loaded next year.
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) April 6, 2016
The Blue Devils officially confirmed the news on their personal Twitter account moments later.
Sophomore All-American @GraysonJAllen will return for his junior season!
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 6, 2016
During the 2015 season, Grayson Allen racked up 21.6 points per game, which led the Blue Devils. He also added on 4.6 rebounds per game.
So far, the Blue Devils have only lost Brandon Ingram, who declared for the NBA Draft, and Marshall Plumlee, who will graduate and move onto the NBA as well. Senior Amile Jefferson missed most of the season with a broken foot and will attempt to get a medical waiver for another season of eligibility.
With one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the 2016-17 season as well as so many key pieces returning, the Blue Devils are certainly earning their top spot in many early top 25 rankings.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports