Duke Report

2014 Guard Grayson Allen Becomes Duke Basketball’s First Commit

Duke is on the books for the class of 2014. The Blue Devils got their first commitment from next year’s class in the form of guard Grayson Allen who announced via Twitter that he would be a Blue Devil after his senior year of high school.

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Allen was a top target of Duke’s as he currently sits at No. 36 in ESPN’s Super 60. The Jacksonville, Fla. native is a great student and a perfect fit for Mike Krzyzewski and Duke.

From ESPN’s scouting report:

 

Strengths:
The first thing you notice is his confidence behind the 3-point line. He’s a natural perimeter player who is a high percentage 3-point shooter. See’s the floor very well and can transition from scorer to passer easily. He’s got an innate feel for the game and is in constant motion on the floor, looking to make a play. Allen can shoot it off screens and off the catch and is an athletic and creative finisher. He can pull-up or get to the rim and dunk it. Very unselfish and team oriented. Rarely turns the ball over. Isn’t afraid to play defense. Plays the game the right way.

Weaknesses:
Grayson may actually be too unselfish at times. We want to see him deliver the knock out punch and show that killer mentality. It’s in there, just would like to see it more often. He needs a bail out move on his way to the bucket like a floater to avoid charges at the next level. He could also be better at attacking pressure with the ball in his hands.

Bottom Line:
No question he’ll be recruited at the high major level. He’ll also have the academic school’s on him (4.0 GPA). He’s a future all-conference player in a high level league. Team oriented, skilled shooting guard with an elite basketball mentality.