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The offseason has been eventful for Duke basketball, as three members of the 2016-17 squad announced intentions to enter the NBA Draft, and two others making the choice to transfer from the program. Today, Duke received good news when Grayson Allen announced he will be joining Marquis Bolden in returning to Durham for next season.
Allen, who will be entering his senior season, announced his decision through a statement from Duke University.
“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's junior campaign was a roller coaster of sorts thanks to an early season injury that lingered for the entirety of the year, and a mid-season suspension due to a tripping incident versus Elon.
Despite all the challenges, Allen began showing glimpses of the player that earned national preseason accolades late in the Blue Devils' schedule.
Allen's return provides Duke with a needed veteran presence to lead a squad that will be dominated by underclassmen.