College basketball’s top coaches discuss what makes Duke guard Grayson Allen so special

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As No. 2 seed Duke prepares for its opening round battle against No. 15 Iona in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the spotlight for the Blue Devils remains on senior guard Grayson Allen.

Allen has worked to mentor freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr., developing as a leader for the team. His hard-nosed style of play and tenacity on the court has made him someone the team has come to rely on throughout the season and into the ACC Tournament.

Ahead of the NCAA Tournament, ACC digital sat down with some of the top coaches in the college basketball world to discuss what makes Allen so special.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Grayson Allen

“He’s been an All-American, an Academic All-American. He’s won games, he’s scored 30 points,” said Krzyzewski.

“Grayson is one of the best shooters in college basketball.”

North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Grayson Allen

“Grayson is really gifted. He’s a scorer, he can take it to the basket, he can shoot the 3-point shot, he can get an offensive rebound and he looks to score,” said Williams.

“He’s hungry to score. That’s not anything in a negative manner whatsoever. He knows that’s a big skill. Scorers should try to score. I just think he’s gotten better and better every year he’s been in the league.”

Virginia coach Tony Bennet on Grayson Allen

“What a talent. You saw what he did in the first year, in the National Championship when he got his chance,” said Bennet.

“He’s one of the more powerful guards — the way he drives, the big steps he takes, draws fouls, he competes. A lot is demanded of him, he’s got a microscope on him. But a gifted player. I love complete guards. Big, physical, complete guards and he fits that mold as good as anybody.”

Allen is averaging 15.7 points per game, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard has shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 43 percent from the field over his four years at Duke.

Allen is a fringe first-round prospect, with him likely landing sometime in the early or middle of the second round.

During his time with Duke, Allen won the National Championship in 2014-15, lost in the regional semifinal in 2015-16 and and was knocked out in the second round last year.

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