DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Grayson Allen added All-America honors to his decorated sophomore season on Monday morning, earning second-team recognition from USA Today.
Allen leads Duke and ranks fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.5 points per game. His +17.1-point scoring improvement from a year ago is on pace to set a new ACC record for year-to-year scoring increase. He has scored in double figures 29 times in 31 games this season, including 16 20-point efforts and four games with more than 30 points.
He is currently on a steak of 20 consecutive games with double-figure points and was not held to fewer than 15 points in 18 regular-season ACC games this season.
Allen is shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, a team-high 42.3 percent from three-point range and 83.0 percent from the free throw line. He averages 4.5 rebounds to go along with team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. Allen is averaging 35.9 minutes per game this season, and has played 1,114 minutes through 31 games.
He ranks second in the ACC in scoring (21.5), fourth in three-point percentage (.423), fifth in three-pointers per game (2.39), sixth in free throw percentage (.830), eighth in field goal percentage (.475) and ninth in steals (1.29).
Allen is on pace to be just the ninth Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists in the same season, as well as just the seventh Duke player to average better than 20 points per game and hand out 100 assists in a season.
Allen averages 6.8 free throw attempts per game this season and has scored 26.4 percent of his points this season from the free throw line, the highest percentage for a Duke leading scorer since Jim Spanarkel scored 31.1 percent of his points from the line during the 1977-78 season.
A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American on March 3 and was recently named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive season. He has also been named a finalist for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA.
He was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on March 6, giving Duke a first-team all-league member for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons.
2016 USA Today All-Americans
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Grayson Allen, Duke
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Perry Ellis, Kansas
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Kris Dunn, Providence
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Ben Simmons, LSU
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa