Duke shooting guard and NBA prospect Grayson Allen has been suspended indefinitely following an recent incident. In the first half of a game against Elon, Grayson tripped an opposing player that was attempting to circumvent him at the baseline. This is the third time this season that Allen has been caught tripping an opponent.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski issued a statement on Thursday morning, saying:
“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon. As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable… As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”
While appearing on The Dan Patrick Show
, Krzyzewski clarified the suspension, saying “Maybe it’s three [games]. Maybe it’s two weeks. I don’t know. He won’t play until I feel good about the entire situation and where he is at. That’s my responsibility as his coach and as a teacher of young men.”
If his reaction to the technical foul call
is any indication, Allen is probably not handling the suspension very well. What will be most interesting is seeing how this impacts his draft stock.
As a sophomore at Duke, he averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and had a solid three-point shooting percentage. Although his name came up a lot in the rumor-mill, Allen chose to skip the 2016 draft
and return to the NCAA for one more season.
Entering this season, Graysone was hyped at the “ACC Player of the Year
“. After a weak showing against Kansas in the Champions Classic (4-of-15 shooting), most NBA mock drafts now have him falling somewhere near the late first round
. While he can be inconsistent and occasionally has trouble finishing, Allen’s athleticism and perimeter shooting still have a lot of scouts viewing him as a solid prospect coming off the bench. You can get a better assessment of his potential at DraftExpress.com