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The Blue & Gray Press | June 20, 2018

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Grayson Allen taking lead for the Blue Devils

Grayson Allen taking lead for the Blue Devils


Staff Writer

Grayson Allen, a 6 feet 5 inches tall senior guard from Jacksonville, Florida is off to the hottest start in his college career and it has been an impressive one. Through three games, he has averaged 25.7 points and does well in the national spotlight. It is a new season and there are no distractions yet. When the Blue Devils first test stepped on the court with them Tuesday night, Allen took charge and showed the freshman how it was done. He rattled off 37 points while shooting 7 for 11 from deep in a 88-81 victory over Michigan State University, which ranks in second place nationally.

Through the first two games, it looked as if prized prospect, Marvin Bagley III, was going to lead the Blue Devils to the big dance this year. During the first half against the Spartans, Bagley III suffered an eye injury and did not return to the game. In that moment, Allen, the lone senior on this Blue Devil squad, took a game over that was a much needed victory for such a young team with high aspirations.

After a disappointing finish to last years season, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski stated that Allen had not been himself all season due to playing through injury/personal family issues. He promised that by this season that his senior would be “good to go,” “better than ever” and “ready to lead the Blue Devils back to the national championship.” Besides Allen and Bagley III, Coach Krzyzewski will be relying on the number one recruiting class in the nation featuring Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. to bring the trophy back to Durham. After three games, Allen, Bagley III and the rest of this young team have shown why they are the number one team in the land and have given Duke and college basketball fans something to be excited about.