Kellogg: Grayson Allen Had A Good, Not Great, Duke Career

Allen's senior year was good "but not as good as I think he anticipated," Kellogg said

Taz and the Moose
March 26, 2018 - 10:24 am

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Grayson Allen played the final game of his collegiate career Sunday, scoring 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting in an 85-81 overtime loss to No. 1 Kansas in the Midwest regional final. Allen had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but his jump shot hit seemingly every part of the rim before falling harmlessly to the hardwood. 

Ultimately, how should we view Allen’s up-and-down Duke career?

“He had a great coming-out party his freshman year when they came from behind (in the title game),” CBS Sports college basketball insider Clark Kellogg began on Taz & The Moose. “He actually was the catalyst for them winning the national championship against Wisconsin in ’15. I thought he had a terrific sophomore season, and then his junior year was bumpy. He was injured, he wasn't fully healthy, had some incidents on the floor that brought him a lot of negative publicity. And his senior year with a group of freshmen was good but not as good as I think he anticipated or expected it to be on a personal level – and on a team level. I’m sure they felt like they had a chance to get to San Antonio. 

“But a good career,” Kellogg continued. “A good career. I would say good-plus – not great, but good-plus. He obviously had a tremendous impact on that program over the last four years. He leaves with a national championship and some nice personal accolades, so I would say a good-plus career. And he’s got a nice future ahead of him as as NBA player, I would think.”

Duke was seeking its second Final Four in four seasons but fell short, leaving college basketball fans with No. 1 Kansas (31-7) versus No. 1 Villanova (34-4) and No. 3 Michigan (32-7) versus No. 11 Loyola (32-5) in San Antonio.

Kellogg believes each of those teams has a legitimate shot of winning the national title.

“Oh yeah, I could certainly see it,” he said. “You would have a pecking order of favorites, but the Kansas/Villanova game is a toss-up, and I think the Michigan/Loyola game is close to that. I really do believe that. These kids from Loyola have shown they’re tough, they’re physical, they’re smart, they shoot it, they share it – they do all of the things you need to do to win, and they’re not going to be overwhelmed by whoever they end up matching up with. If they’re able to beat Michigan, they won’t be overwhelmed or afraid at all (in the national championship). They’ll compete and compete at a high level. 

“So I really believe that all four of these teams have a legitimate shot,” Kellogg continued. “I don’t think there’s any significant gaps between these teams. We’re looking at four pretty evenly matched teams, with Loyola maybe being the non-brand name. But certainly in terms of basketball ability, they’re right on par with these teams they’re going to be at the Final Four with.”