Few players had as good an opening night in college basketball as Duke sophomore Grayson Allen.
There’s a reason we put this guy on our list of the 20 best dunkers in the sport — and already it seems I ranked him too low. Allen, who was a breakout performer in the Final Four last season, finished with 26 points, five rebounds and two assists on 8-of-13 shooting against the Siena Saints.
Duke won 92-74.
Allen had 20 by halftime. He finished one point shy of his career high. Here’s another look at what Allen did. Notice his spot of take-off in the paint.
Expect a lot of this from Allen this season. It’s a really good sign for Mike Krzyzewski that his sophomore stud came out of the gate with such dynamism. Could it be that Allen will be the leader for this team this season? Through one game, the answer appears to be yes.
As for highly touted Duke freshman Brandon Ingram, he had 12 points in his college debut. Blue Devil senior Amile Jefferson put up 19.