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He’s Baaaack

Grayson Allen is healthy and ready to kick some butt.

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at UNLV
Grayson Allen drives against UNLV
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

For too much of this season we’ve seen a limited version of Grayson Allen. Suffering from turf toe, the guy who was projected as the National Player of The Year (pre-season) couldn’t slash, couldn’t elevate and couldn’t drive well.

What can you do? It was amazing he could play through it at all.

We got a good idea of where his game is when Duke played in Las Vegas this past weekend and Allen just exploded.

Clearly he’s feeling better and with Duke not playing again until the 19th, Allen gets eight days for treatment and rehab.

It’s a great time for him to get an extended break and when Tennessee State comes to town, we should see a fully healthy Allen.


When you pair Allen with Luke Kennard, Duke has two guys who can shoot from deep or penetrate. Kennard isn’t nearly as athletic as is Allen, but he has an amazingly subtle game. Stopping both is going to be really hard.

Then there’s the still-emerging Jayson Tatum, who is as gifted as the other two are, at least, and has still barely shown what he can do.

Toss in Frank Jackson and you have a brilliant collection of offensive talents - we haven’t even counted Amile Jefferson, who is having a monster season - and Duke has a hugely talented core of scorers.

It’s going to be a tough team to slow down.

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