With the nation’s top recruits gathered in Dallas for the third session of the Nike EYBL, Duke basketball commit Grayson Allen shined after dealing with an injury in previous sessions.
Allen, the No. 36 recruit in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, averaged 18.3 points per contest as his E1T1 squad went 4-0 against some of the best AAU teams in the nation.
Allen squared off against Duke target Tyus Jones, the No. 2 player in 2014, in the team’s second game, a 98-70 win for Allen’s squad. Allen scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting while making both of his 3-pointers. He added four rebounds and four assists.
Facing one of the top AAU backcourts that also features UNC point guard Joel Berry, who tallied 11 assists in the game, Jones scored a game-high 18 points while adding four assists and three steals. He turned the ball over five times. Jones averaged 25.5 points and 5.0 assists per game during the weekend for Howard Pulley.
Allen drew high praise for his performance throughout the weekend:
Jahil Okafor, the No. 1 player in the class of 2014, returned to action after sitting out with an injury the past few weeks. Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while making 74% of his shots from the field for Mac Irvin Fire.
Okafor and Jones have said on multiple occasions they intend to attend college together and the duo appears to be the top priority for Duke’s 2014 class.
Theo Pinson also remains a Duke target after an erroneous report stated he had cut the Blue Devils from his list of schools.
Here are some other stats of Duke 2014 offers from the EYBL session per @bluedevillair:
- Devin Booker, 6-foot-5 shooting guard and the No. 19 player: 19.5 points, 43% field goals, 30% 3-pointers
- Justise Winslow, 6-foot-5 small forward and the No. 9 player: 12.8 points, 58% field goals, 40% 3-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals
In case you missed it… Transfer target Tarik Black, a 6-foot-9 big man from Memphis, is visiting Duke today. Black will be eligible to play immediately.