What is With Duke’s Grayson Allen?
Growing up in North Carolina all my life, I’ve learned that there are two types of people: Duke fans, and people who can’t stand Duke.
I happen to be the latter. Christian Laettner seems to be the name that comes to mind whenever most people think of the most-hated Duke players. His pretty-boy look combined with his pompous attitude easily made Laettner one of the most hated players in college basketball history.
But there’s a new player on the scene that is starting his own bandwagon full of hate: Grayson Allen.
Allen’s bio on Duke’s athletics page states that he is “an energetic and physical player”, but what they left out is that he’s also invented his own form of defense. Just watch the videos below and you’ll understand what I’m saying.
Those videos are from Duke’s Saturday win over Yale, sending them to the Sweet Sixteen. But it’s not the first time Allen has been caught tripping opponents. In late February, he was caught tripping Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
A few weeks before that, he was seen tripping a Louisville player. This time, Allen was hit with a flagrant foul.
Is the Duke guard guilty of tripping players on purpose?
In my opinion, basketball is a physical sport, but three four tripping incidents all in a month period is no coincidence.