Grayson Allen named Duke captain

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 11: Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) cuts the net after winning the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament Final round game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Duke Blue Devils on March 11, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Senior swingman Grayson Allen has been selected as the captain of Duke University’s men’s basketball team, according to the Associated Press. This is not Allen’s first time as a captain, however.

He was one of the team’s three captains last season, but he was removed from that role after he tripped an opponent for the third time in a year. The tripping incident occurred back on December 21 against Elon, resulting in Allen being stripped of his captain duties and being suspended indefinitely. The suspension, however, lasted just one game.

Duke is undergoing a huge makeover this season, as Allen is the only player on the roster who averaged over eight minutes per game last year. Four of Duke’s players from 2016-17 entered the NBA Draft while two others transferred. Allen appeared in 34 games last season en route to making 25 starts. He averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 29.6 minutes per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.

It was a very disappointing campaign for Allen, who most thought would have entered the NBA Draft after his sophomore campaign in 2015-16. That year, Allen registered 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 36.6 minutes per game. He made 46.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, 41.7 percent of is long-distance tries and 83.7 percent of his foul shots.

He played scarce minutes during his freshman year, playing in 35 contests but only seeing 9.2 minutes a night. During that time, Allen recorded 4.4 points per game and made 42.5 percent of his shots, 34.6 percent of his attempts from downtown and 84.9 percent of his free throws.

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