Are Duke basketball fans falling all over themselves, or is that just Grayson Allen? It’s both!
On Tuesday, the guard announced that he would be putting off the NBA for one more year and will be returning to the Blue Devils for his senior year. This announcements comes after an exodus of Duke stars already this offseason.
After Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Luke Kennard all decided to go pro, Allen’s decision is somewhat surprising.
“The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer,” Allen said in a statement. “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.”
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 18, 2017
With a mostly young and inexperienced squad around him, Allen will get a chance to revamp his image. After numerous instances of intentionally tripping other players, Allen was found guilty in the court of public opinion and served a one game suspension.
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.
Now, he’ll get a chance to hone his skills for another year, and be the mentor and sage veteran to a cast of young, but likely supremely talented basketball players. His Senior season won’t be as much about what he can do with the basketball in his hands, but rather what he does when things don’t go right.
If Allen can prove that he is in control of his vehicle and ready to receive a huge paycheck to play basketball, this will prove to be the right decision for him.