Here’s the thing about Grayson Allen: He really is a great kid. Ask anyone that knows him. He’s quiet, he’s shy, he’s smart, he’s respectful.
But on the court, he’s a totally different person. He’s tough as hell with a mean streak and a total disregard for where his elbows end up or whether or not the guys he’s playing against actually like him. He’s the kind of dude that coaches and teammates love having on their team, and not just because he’s playing at an all-american level.
Some may call him competitive to a fault. Some may call it playing with a chip on his shoulder.
And some may call it being a dirty player, and unfortunately, those folks have some justification.
Because Allen just can’t seem to stop tripping people. Tonight, he tripped Xavier Rathan-Mayes at the end of an 80-65 win over Florida State:
This comes two weeks after Allen tripped Louisville’s Ray Spalding and vaulted his way into the conversation with J.J. Redick, Christian Laettner and Greg Paulus as the most hated Duke players.
He’s not a bad kid.
But man, Grayson, if you want to shed that reputation you have to stop tripping people.