The 2016-17 version of Grayson Allen could've used some advice in maturity from the 2017-18 version of Grayson Allen. In the midst of a horrid shooting slump in his senior season — Allen is 7-for-35 from three-point land in Duke's first five ACC games — the senior captain is finding ways to help his team win ball games without scoring the basketball. It'd be easy to neglect Allen's two-point, no-field goal performance in Duke's 89-71 win over Wake Forest on Saturday, especially when freshman superstar Marvin Bagley III finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds. But look a bit closer to see Allen's 12-rebound, eight-assist stat line and it's a telling sign of a senior leader doing what it takes to win. Perhaps more telling is the contrast from last year to now in how a Duke team without coach Mike Krzyzewski (he missed several games last year for hip surgery and missed Saturday with a virus) looks thanks to strong leadership — something that was definitely missing last season.
Why Grayson Allen is Duke's unsung hero this year
USA Today | Jan 13