Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen

No. 3 Duke Blue Devils
Position Shooting guard
League Atlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1995-10-08) October 8, 1995
Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Providence School
(Jacksonville, Florida)
College Duke (2014–present)
Career highlights and awards

Grayson James Allen[1] (born October 8, 1995) is an American college basketball player for Duke University.

Allen was selected as a McDonald’s All-American in 2014, out of Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he won a state championship in 2013.[2] He won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest, jumping over future Duke teammate Jahlil Okafor.[3]

During Allen's freshman season, he averaged 4.4 points per game[4] and was named to the ACC all-academic team.[4]

Allen became a major contributor in the playoffs. On April 7, 2015, he played in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game, scoring 16 points, including 8 straight.[5] After the game, Allen was cited as one of the main reasons for Duke's win by commentators.[6][7] Coach Mike Krzyzewski agreed, saying, "We were kind of dead in the water. We were nine points down and Grayson just put us on his back."[6]

During the 2015–16 season, Allen was one of the best offensive players in the ACC, averaging 21 points per game[8] and shooting 43% from three-point range.[9] He also received national attention for intentionally tripping Louisville's Raymond Spalding in their first meeting of the season, which led to a widely read article asking if he was, “the next hated white Duke player.”[10] In the second game against Louisville that season, he got elbowed in the head while scuffling for a ball on the ground[11] and later received a technical and ejection for yelling at a referee following his fifth foul on a charge call.[12] On February 26, 2016 Allen received a reprimand from the ACC for his second tripping incident in less than a month. On Thursday, February 25, 2016 in the closing seconds of a 15-point win against FSU, Allen tripped FSU's Xavier Rathan-Mayes. [13]

Entering his junior season, Allen was considered one of the top returning players in college basketball. He was named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team[14] and was the ACC media's pick as preseason ACC Player of the Year.[15]


  1. "Grayson Allen Bio". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  2. Borzello, Jeff (January 1, 2013). "Players announced for McDonald's All-American Game". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. Rohrbach, Ben (April 2, 2014). "Grayson Allen leaps over 6-foot-10 Jahlil Okafor to win McDonald's dunk contest". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Grayson Allen Bio". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  5. "Comeback! Duke dispatches Wisconsin to capture national title No. 5". ESPN. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. 1 2 Wolken, Dan (April 7, 2015). "Duke freshmen give Blue Devils late boost for title". USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. Myerberg, Paul (April 7, 2015). "Duke edges Wisconsin to win fifth national championship". USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  8. "Atlantic Coast Conference Statistics - College Basketball - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  9. "Atlantic Coast Conference Statistics - College Basketball - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  14. "Duke's Allen leads AP preseason All-America team". November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  15. Norlander, Matt (October 26, 2016). "Duke the pick to win a loaded ACC, Grayson Allen is preseason Player of the Year". Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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