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Grayson Allen

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Name: Grayson Allen

School: Duke

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: 21 (2014)

Birthdate: October 8, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida


- Son of William and Sherry Allen

- Vice President of the Providence School student government

- Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered with Best Buddies

High School: Providence School


- 2014 McDonald's All-American

- 2015 NCAA Champion

- 2016 First Team All-ACC

- 2016 Third Team All-American (AP, NABC)

- 2016 Second Team All-American (SN)

Twitter: GraysonJAllen

Instagram: GraysonJAllen

Height: 6'5

Weight: 202

Wingspan: 6'6.5

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Devout Christian - quotes Bible regularly on Twitter

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 4.4 PPG

- 1 RPG

- 0.4 APG

- 43% FG

- 35% 3

- 85% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 21.6 PPG

- 4.6 RPG

- 3.5 APG

- 1.3 SPG

- 47% FG

- 42% 3

- 84% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 10 games

- 15.9 PPG

- 4.9 RPG

- 4.1 APG

- 1.3 SPG

- 36% FG

- 32% 3

- 85% FT


- 1st in 3 point field goal percentage, offensive box plus/minus and offensive win shares in the ACC in 2015-16

- 6th in points produced in the ACC in 2016-17

Position: SG. Can play PG as well

Greatest Strength: Shooting

Greatest Weakness: On ball defense

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 7

Speed: 6

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 5

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 4

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 8

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 6

Touch: 8

Hands: 6

On ball defense: 5

Help defense: 8

Steals: 7

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- Defensively, Allen has trouble sometimes fighting around screens and typically allows his man to get into the lane

- Offensively, Allen is a very strong pick-and-roll player as both a scorer and elite distributor

- Allen excels at drawing help defenders on drives and making one-handed passes to the open man 

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Allen is a great spot up shooter

- Playmaker - Allen is a great passer out of the pick-and-roll and can make accurate one-handed passes with either hand 

- Allen has trouble fighting around screens, especially chasing shooters

- Allen is very help conscious off-ball, but is a poor on-ball defender

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Kansas

- #0 Frank Mason III

- #4 Davantae Graham

- #2 LaGerald Vick

- #10 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

- Very slow getting around double-screen for Graham 3

- Steps in the lane and draws offensive charge - good recognition and fearless, took charge right on the numbers

- Athletic up and under with the right but bricked layup

- Uses up-screen and takes 3 at the right 45 - miss 

- Great drive middle, drew multiple defenders, and made a right one-handed pass to the big for a dunk

- Good use of ball screen at right 45 to go middle, and then hesitation to beat the help and draw foul at the hoop - FTs 2/2

- Does good job of setting man up to run them into screens

- Great one-handed left bounce pass to the rolling big

- Good job getting around ball screen

- Fakeoff pass to corner shooter in transition which freed up big down low - high IQ play

- Allen is only 6'3 and thin, which is small for a SG, but he can be a Harden-type playmaking and shooting PG

- Another great one-handed pass - drives right, cutoff at hoop, does not pickup dribble until he sees weakside corner 3 shooter 

- Incredibly crafty drive right and finish reverse with right on left side while under the hoop - used hoop as shield - covered a lot of ground while in the air

- Head always up, passes have mustard

- Missed another 3 - shot is off

- Hustles back in transition and gets piece of Mason layup

- Effective pick-and-roll going left, drew help defender and made great bounce pass to the big - reminds me of D'Angelo Russell can be both an effective playmaker with the pick-and-roll or a spot up 3 point shooter

- Draws another offensive foul - great job of stepping in the lane with his hands up and taking the charge on the body

- Missed mid-range jumper again - clearly off, but still created own shot - can always create own shot as with the clock winding down he made a quick in-and-out dribble to create space

- Blows by Graham but misses bankshot on left side

- Drives middle and hits relocated Kennard for open 3 with a very accurate pass in the pocket

NBA Comparison: Worse Devin Booker

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Second Round

Opinion: Allen has great offensive skills. He can be a knockdown shooter coming off screens, or an effective playmaker in the pick-and-roll. At this point though, Allen is not going to improve much. His defense will never be strong enough to be a starter, but a 6th man role should suit him perfectly.