DURHAM, N.C. – Duke sophomore guard Grayson Allen was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts in the Blue Devils’ wins over Siena and Bryant to open the season. The recognition marked the first weekly conference honor of Allen’s career.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native was dominant in Duke’s wins over Siena and Bryant as part of the 2K Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project, averaging 27.0 points on .516 shooting from the floor, .417 shooting from beyond the arc and .944 shooting from the free throw line.
After coming up one point shy of his career high with 26 points against Siena in the Blue Devils’ opener on Friday, Allen exploded for a career-best 28 points against Bryant on Saturday while also establishing a new personal-best with a game-high six assists.
Allen’s 54 points in Duke’s first two games were just one shy of tying the program record for points in the first two games of a season, a mark of 55 set by Johnny Dawkins in 1983-84.
In addition to his 27.0 points per game on the week, Allen also averaged 4.0 rebounds, a team-high 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals. He was 8-of-8 from free throw line against Siena before going 9-of-10 from the stripe against Bryant.
No. 5/4 Duke will be back in action on Tuesday when it faces off with No. 2/1 Kentucky at the United Center in Chicago as part of the State Farm Champions Classic. ESPN’s coverage of the event will begin at 7 p.m. ET with the Blue Devils and Wildcats set to tip at 7:30 p.m. ET.