Wednesday, April 24, 2013
SG Allen a perfect fit for Blue Devils
By Reggie Rankin
Duke received its first commitment in the Class of 2014 on Wednesday when ESPN 60 shooting guard Grayson Allen (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), the No. 36-ranked junior in the country, pledged to the Blue Devils.
Allen is an excellent fit for the Blue Devils' style of play on both sides of the ball.
In transition offense, the 6-foot-4 Allen is an above-the-rim finisher. He runs the wing and is in full attack mode on the break. Allen has fast-break swagger and is a highlight waiting to happen, which will bring the Cameron Crazies to their feet.
In the Duke half-court offense, which includes entries into motion with great spacing and ball screening action, Allen will stretch the defense with his ability to hit the open 3. He can space the floor or come off screens ready to pull the trigger. Allen also has a good first step that will allow him to get to the rim, where he is strong enough to finish through contact.
In the Duke pressure-man defense, Allen is capable of defending both guard positions in switching situations and can apply intense ball pressure with his toughness, athletic ability and willingness to defend. Allen will also be good at trailing and showing on screens and picking up help-and-recover situations easily because of his basketball IQ.
In Allen, coach Mike Krzyzewski will have a shooting guard who will compete on each and every possession and make plays from the arc to the rim. Energy and effort will also not be a problem for Allen to sustain -- that's just the way he plays.