Grayson Allen returning to Duke for senior season

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Grayson Allen announced on Tuesday that he will bypass the NBA Draft for the second straight season, returning to Duke for his senior season.

“The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer,” Allen said. “I’m a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it. The chance to play with next year’s team just felt right. I’m completely focused on helping Coach K and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student, and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don’t take for granted.”

Allen was the preseason National Player of the Year as a junior, but he struggled much of the season, battling injuries, confidence issues, playing out of position and the fallout from his third tripping incident of 2016.

Duke has lost Harry Giles III, Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard to the draft. Their season now hinges on decisions to be made by freshman Frank Jackson and high school seniors Trevon Duval and Kevin Knox.