Duke senior Grayson Allen says he is healthy -- both physically and emotionally.

Allen, who last season dealt with numerous injuries and a third tripping incident, is optimistic he will be able to control his emotions this season. However, he also understands previous transgressions may forever tarnish his reputation in the minds of many.

"Polarizing," Allen told ESPN on Tuesday about how people perceive him. "I can't really pick one because there's probably a big divide. Half of the basketball world thinks I'm this hothead, dirty player who can't get anything under control and probably thinks I'm arrogant and a selfish guy. And another group that thinks I'm a lot better than I actually am."

Allen is the lone senior on the Blue Devils this season and was named a captain by coach Mike Krzyzewski. Each of the heralded freshmen -- Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. -- all spoke glowingly to ESPN of Allen's leadership thus far.

"I had another year of growth, but I'm still growing and maturing," Allen said. "This is the time to do it, in college. This year, I think I have a lot more perspective on things. I've learned a lot from what I've gone through, but I feel so much different. Better, not only on the court, but my mentality off the court as well."