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3 - Grayson Allen

Duke 

  • Birthday: 10/8/95
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 205
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • High School: Providence
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Overall

92

2016

NBA Comparison: Courtney Lee/Bob Sura

Strengths: Allen came to Durham with the reputation of being a knockdown shooter and after an okay freshmen campaign (35 percent from three) is now looking the part as a sophomore (44 percent from three on high volume) ... For his career, he holds a 62.4 percent true shooting percentage ... Since his breakout game in last year's NCAA Championship Game, Allen has continued to be an offensive force for Duke ... Capable of shooting efficiently in both catch and shoot and off the dribble situations ... Given any room to get off a shot it's likely to find the bottom of the net ... Accepted the challenge early in the year of being the Blue Devils go-to guy and has flourished in the role ... A leader who plays with both passion and confidence ... Plays with great energy and always seems mentally prepared and a step ahead ... Creative when driving to the basket, utilizing his big hands to palm the ball ... Has put a few unsuspecting defenders on posters ... Straight line speed is above average and helps him flourish in transition ... Uses his jumping ability to snag rebounds that you would think were out of his range ... Positions himself well to be in the right place for rebounds ... Excellent free throw shooter (85.8 percent for his career) ... Willing defender ... Understands team defensive concepts ... Body shows that he works hard in the weight room to maximize his natural strength ...

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size and athleticism for a shooting guard. While he gets a lot of dunks on drives, he doesn't possess the first step to get past elite defenders nor the athleticism to stand out at the position in the NBA ... Need to work on his in-between game ... At this point he generally does all of his damage shooting the three or taking the ball right to the basket ... Avoids contact when attacking the hoop ... Tries too often to jump around defenders instead of through the impending contact ... Despite an up tick in play is averaging less than one additional free throw attempt per 40 minutes this year (6.6 free throw attempts as a freshman and 7.2 FTA this year) ... Needs to become more comfortable with the ball in his hands ... If you take away his first two options he often struggles to improvise ... Not much of a creator with the ball ... Doesn't have the handle to make plays for others ... Lacks a certain feel for the game in terms of making those around him better ... At just 6'5", and with a small wingspan, he's on the shorter side for a two guard ... Hasn't shown the ability to be a consistent defender ... Can be caught fighting for rebounds unsuccessfully instead of rotating back for transition defense ... Not very agile, lacking lateral speed ...

Notes: Measured 6'4.5 (with shoes) 189 lbs with a 6'6.5 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... 2014 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-American participant ... Won the 2014 Powerade Jam Fest and American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk contests ... Named to the 2015 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team ... Named to 2015 ACC All Academic Team ... Currently leads the ACC in Offensive Win Shares (4.2 WS) and Win Shares (5.1 WS) this season

Overall: Allen has two things coveted for an NBA wing player, a sweet shooting stroke and explosive athleticism ... If Allen can craft himself into a solid defender, there will be minutes and opportunities available to him in the modern pace and space NBA ... In games against NBA level competition has underperformed this season (seven points on 3/18 shooting versus Utah, and six points on 2/11 shooting versus Kentucky) ... Could use one more year at Duke to complete his development into a two-way wing ...

Brandon Jefferson 2/10/16

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