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Duke's Grayson Allen Had Surgery On His Ankle During Offseason

Grayson Allen shushes the crowd during a Duke game.

Grayson Allen did not have a great junior season, after entering as preseason player of the year. Injuries may have played a role.

Allen averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last year, down from his sophomore campaign (21.6, 4.6, 3.5). His overall shooting percentage was down from 46.6-percent to 39.5, his three-point percentage was down from 41.7-percent to 36.5, and he had a career low free throw percentage, though it was still a respectable 81.1-percent.

While his on-court blow-ups were often pointed to as a reason for the struggles, Mike Krzyzewski revealed that his star was hampered by injuries during the season as well.

He spoke to ESPN's Seth Greenberg on a podcast, and revealed that Allen underwent ankle surgery during the offseason.

Via CollegeBasketballTalk:

“We had him away from basketball for about three months,” Krzyzewski said of Allen. “He had a minor operation on his ankle. He’s now fully recovered, so his athleticism is back. He’s happy, he’s in shape and he’s sharing that.”

Krzyzewski says he's happy with the progress that Allen has made, and expects a big year from him, now that he is healthy again. With the loss of Luke Kennard, and a big new crop of freshmen joining the team, Duke will need his senior leadership this year.

[ESPN via CollegeBasketballTalk]