Tonight, we continue our annual Player’s Profile marathon until we Countdown to Craziness, that will profile each and every Duke player on the roster…
So here is Bermuda Bob’s Profile of #3, Grayson Allen
There are few college basketball programmes that consistently attract young men who not only want to play, but also want to fully matriculate. Grayson Allen is yet another in a long line of players who come to Duke more than just to play for Coach K, but to acquire a Diploma. He is just the 6th Duke player to garner All-America and Academic All-America honours in the same season !!!
Grayson came to Duke along with the other Frosh who would win Duke’s most recent National Championship in 2015. He only saw 322 minutes in 35 games, but it was in his last game that he burst onto the national consciousness. His 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting and 5 of 5 from the Charity Stripe in the last 21 minutes of the game earned him the “One Shining Moment” Award at the at the annual Duke Awards Banquet. A new award that his play caused its creation !!!
Last season, Grayson was the workhorse of the team, logging in more minutes per game than any other player. He was the team leader in Scoring and Assists, and 3rd in Rebounding. His efforts earned him finalist honours for the Oscar Robinson and Jerry West awards. He was included in the 10 players as part of the 2016 John Wooden All-America Team.
At the end of last season, Grayson delighted us all by announcing that he was returning to Duke to fully matriculate. He will follow in the steps of another Duke great, Jay (then Jason) Williams, who also fully matriculated in 3 years. My favourite aspect of his announcement was assuring all of us that it was never an option for him NOT to graduate from Duke as education is as important to him as is his performance on the Court.
Allen is a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, whose “… vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.” He also is known to Tweet Scripture verses often.
It has often been said that he was brought up with his values properly ordered. The idea of “… faith, family, education, and then basketball … “ are values not exactly in vogue these days, but oh to wish they were !!!
The season ahead sees him being joined by Grad Student, Amile Jefferson and Senior Matt Jones as Team Captains, along with Luke Kennard, a whole array of talented Frosh, and other upperclassmen.
Grayson is another wonderful player brought into the Duke fold to become a very cherished member of “the family” !!!
We wish him a wonderful, fulfilling year !!!
Thanks for reading !!!
Watch for our next introduction tomorrow …
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