Duke's Grayson Allen returning for senior season


DURHAM, N.C. – Jacksonville native Grayson Allen, an All-American at Duke as a sophomore,  will return for his senior season and bypass the NBA Draft the school announced on twitter this afternoon.

"I'm a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it," Allen said. "The chance to play with next year's team just felt right. I'm completely focused on helping [coach Mike Krzyzewski] and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student -- and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don't take for granted."

Allen averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior last year, down from his 21.6 points per game as a sophomore. Allen dealt with a nagging leg injury all season and a one game suspension for a repeat incident for tripping a player. He remains one of college basketball's most polarizing players.

Allen will be expected to provide leadership as one of only two seniors on the Blue Devils next season. Last year Allen was the ACC preseason player of the year and should be in the mix again this season.