What a night for the senior star.
Grayson Allen haters might be in for a long year, at least if he keeps playing like he did tonight.
The divisive Duke guard poured in a career-high 37 points on 11-of-20 shooting (7-of-11 from three-point range) to lead No. 1 Duke to an 88-81 win over No. 2 Michigan State in the first game of the 2017 Champions Classic in Chicago.
From the outset, Allen had his scoring touch, reaching 14 points at the half including this absurd buzzer-beater.
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The second half was more of the same, as Allen scored eight of Duke’s last 10 points to seal the win and finish with 37.
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After breaking out in the 2015 Final Four as a freshman and earning First team All-ACC honors in 2016, Allen slumped as a junior. His numbers suffered as he battled injuries and was forced to play more point guard instead of his natural shooting guard spot. He also didn’t help matters with his controversial tripping issues, which led to a one-game suspension and the loss of his captaincy.
But Allen looks healthy and motivated, and he has a playmaking freshman guard in Trevon Duval to get him the ball. Allen even thanked the five-star floor general in a post-game interview with ESPN.
All of this means the 6-foot-4 senior is a decent bet to make All-ACC again, and could find his way in the All-American and National Player of the Year races if this keeps up.