The Duke Blue Devils have a great head start on their 2014 recruiting class, as 6′-3″ shooting guard Grayson Allen of Providence School (FL) announced his verbal commitment Wednesday via his Twitter account.
— Grayson James Allen (@GraysonJAllen) April 24, 2013
Allen is a top-50 prospect in the junior class nationally, and plays in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League for the Southern Stampede of Georgia. Allen was reportedly offered a scholarship by Duke a little more than a week ago, and didn’t take long to make his decision. His skillset is a strong fit for the Duke system.
A Florida 3A state champion this year, Allen averaged 19 points per game on a strong high school team. He can play point guard as necessary, but his ability to stretch defenses by shooting makes his off the ball role important as well. Additionally, Allen is more athletic than some believe, and is capable of highlight reel athleticism.
With court vision and passing skills, Allen is a great teammate within a half-court offense. He sees the open man, but can also drain long-range shots if needed.
All of the in-state programs reportedly tendered Allen scholarship offers, include Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida. He had intense ACC and beyond interest.
Allen is that start to a recruiting class that could be the first No. 1 ranked class not belonging to the Kentucky Wildcats in quite some time. Many believe that the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the 2014 class, center Jahlil Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones, are a possible package deal for the Blue Devils, who also are in the mix for several other elite prospects in the class.
Duke also landed a top-5 recruiting class for the 2013 recruiting cycle, which included elite forward Jabari Parker, superb shooter Matt Jones, and tough wing forward Semi Ojeleye. Jones is a terrific shooter, who could work in tandem with Allen if necessary. Incoming sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon had a terrific freshman season, and is projected by some as a first round pick the 2014 NBA Draft, meaning minutes at shooting guard seem like Allen’s first bet, competing with Jones.
In time, Allen has the potential to be an all-conference guard in the ACC.