Duke freshman shooting guard Grayson Allen plans to stay out of the draft this year and return to school for his sophomore season, sources tell Shams Charania of RealGM (Twitter link). While Allen’s freshman campaign wasn’t a stellar one from a statistical standpoint, the guard turned some heads with his 16 point performance in Monday night’s NCAA Championship win against Wisconsin where Allen drained five of his eight field goal attempts.
Allen is the 32nd-ranked prospect on the list that Chad Ford of ESPN.com compiles, though Ford said today that he’s hearing lots of positive feedback from NBA personnel, which means there’s a decent chance he would have vaulted into the first round (Twitter link). Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress doesn’t have Allen among his top 100 prospects ranking, likely because Allen has been expected to stay in school. The 19-year-old is No. 30 on Givony’s list of the top freshmen.
In 35 appearances this season for the Blue Devils Allen averaged 4.4 points, 1.0 rebound, and 0.4 assists in 9.2 minutes per contest. His shooting line was .425/.346/.849.
Eddie Scarito contributed to this post.