Duke sophomore Grayson Allen has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tuesday. Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor, now in its second year, recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball.
Allen is joined by Miami’s Sheldon McClellan and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon as one of three ACC representatives appearing on the 10-player list. In March, five finalists will be presented to Jerry West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, with a winner’s presentation taking place during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday, April 8.
A product of Jacksonville, Fla., Allen has provided an offensive spark for the Blue Devils during the 2015-16 campaign. Allen, Duke’s leading scorer with 20.3 ppg., has seen a significant jump in his offensive output, improving on his average of 4.4 ppg. a year ago to become the first player in ACC history to see an increase of more than 15.0 ppg. from one year to the next. In addition to leading the team in scoring and in double-digit scoring games with 19, Allen also owns the most assists (77) and made free throws (111), while ranking second on the team in free throw percentage (.841) and third on the team in steals (21). Allen appears among the top players in the conference in numerous categories as well, including points per game (20.3 – 2nd), free throw percentage (.841 – 6th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.03 – 9th).
Allen and the Blue Devils return to competition tonight, taking on Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., with tip set for 9 p.m.
2016 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Finalists
Grayson Allen, Duke
Malcolm Hill, Illinois
AJ English, Iona
Sheldon McClellan, Miami
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Julian Jacobs, University Southern California
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M
Josh Hart, Villanova
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia