The Duke Blue Devils have been on a roll the past two weeks despite Marvin Bagley III’s absence and senior Grayson Allen has had a major hand in that.
Allen’s role has shifted offensively and with Duke deciding to play primarily zone on the defensive end his leadership has become more impactful on that end of the floor, as well. And that’s recognized fully by his teammates.
“He’s been phenomenal. He’s been shooting the ball really well, he’s been leading us really well, gathering us in huddles and just keeping our heads on our shoulders,” Trevon Duval said after Wednesday’s 82-56 win against the Cardinals according to Hank Tucker of the Duke Chronicle. “He’s been doing a really good job.”
Allen has averaged 23.8 points per game in Bagley’s absence while shooting 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 45.9 percent from the field. However, you could argue that the 4.8 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game are just as important if not more so to their current four-game winning streak.
Duval has had slightly less responsibility on the ball with Allen stepping up, but he appears to be adjusting well to the roll by adding intensity on the defensive end where he has contributed 9 steals in the most recent two wins.
And Bagley returns on Saturday night against Duke, so the Blue Devils will be back at full strength and Allen’s leadership on both ends will be more valuable than ever as the team pursues a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
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