It's Grayson Allen, not Marvin Bagley, who delivers early statement for Duke

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

CHICAGO -- On a night when college basketball was in desperate need of just about anything to divert attention away from an FBI probe and players being arrested for shoplifting, it was Grayson Allen who delivered.

It was supposed to be an opportunity for college hoops fans to get their first true taste of Duke's bandied-about freshman class, the one that features possible No. 1 pick Marvin Bagley III and a few more potential first-rounders in Wendell Carter Jr., Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr.

Instead, it was the guy who was not supposed to still call Durham home, the player who has faced as much scrutiny as any to hit a college campus in recent years for a trio of tripping incidents.

Allen, the kid everyone loves to hate.

With Bagley clinging to the bench with his right eye nearly swollen shut and Duke's other trio of heralded frosh unable to make perimeter shots, Allen was sensational, finishing with 37 points and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers late in the game to seal an 88-81 win over Michigan State.

Allen, who told ESPN prior to the season that he needed to harness his emotions and earn the respect of a talented freshman class ranked No. 1 in the country, did that and far more. He was virtually unstoppable and extremely efficient -- 11-of-20 from the field, 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and 8-of-8 from the line -- while playing all 40 minutes as the No. 1 Blue Devils knocked off No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday in the Champions Classic.


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