Duke's Grayson Allen to return for senior season

Posted April 19, 2017

Duke will have at least one veteran contributor and ACC Player of the Year candidate next season, with shooting guard Grayson Allen announcing he'll return to the school on Tuesday.

Allen, a 6-5, 200-pound guard from Jacksonville, Fla., was projected by mock draft websites as a late first-round or early second-round pick.

Grayson Allen will be Duke's most experienced player next season.

Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game this season while helping Duke earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Allen will be expected to provide leadership as one of only two seniors on the Blue Devils next season.

"I'm a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it", Allen said in a statement. He was at the center of controversy after a repeat incident involving him tripping another player led to a one-game suspension from the program. "I love being a Duke student - and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don't take for granted".

Allen's junior season was a disappointment. Other than Allen and possibly Jackson, Duke has four other veteran scholarship players on the roster, none of whom scored a total of 40 points a year ago. Even though Kennard, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles have declared for the NBA, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones are graduating and Sean Obi and Chase Jeter are transferring, Allen is returning alongside sophomores Frank Jackson and Marques Bolden.