KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After leading Duke to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, sophomore Grayson Allen and freshman Brandon Ingram added to their collection of postseason honors as both earned a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 2 first team. The first and second teams, along with one coach, for all 25 districts were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
Allen, a Sporting News and USA Today second-team All-American and consensus first-team All-ACC pick, led Duke in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game, while his +17.2-point scoring improvement set a new ACC record for year-to-year scoring increase. He scored in double figures 34 times in 36 games this season, including 19 20-point efforts and four games with more than 30 points.
Allen shot 46.6 percent from the floor, a team-high 41.7 percent from three-point range and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 4.6 rebounds to go along with team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. Allen became just the ninth Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists in the same season, as well as just the seventh Duke player to average better than 20 points per game and hand out 100 assists in a season.
A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American March 3 and was recently named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive season. He is the sixth Duke student-athlete to earn on-court All-America honors and Academic All-America recognition in the same season. He joins Mike Gminski (1978, 1979, 1980), Jim Spanarkel (1978, 1979), Shane Battier (2000, 2001), Mike Dunleavy (2002) and Mason Plumlee (2013) in that exclusive group.
Ingram, the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year and a United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Freshman All-America Team pick, averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 41.0 percent from three-point territory.
The Kinston, N.C., native became the fourth freshman to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, alongside Luol Deng (2004), Jabari Parker (2014) and Jahlil Okafor (2015).
Ingram’s eight double-doubles on the season are the fifth-most by a freshman in Duke history, and his 14 20-point games are tied with Okafor for the second-most ever by a Duke rookie. Ingram also tied Jason Williams (2000), Austin Rivers (2012) and Justise Winslow (2015) for the fifth-most double-digit scoring performances among Duke freshmen in program history with 31 such games.
One of the nation’s most versatile players, Ingram is the first freshman and only the second player – along with Shane Battier – in Duke history to make at least 60 three-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season. His 80 three-pointers on the season are the second-most by a freshman in Duke history, trailing only J.J. Redick’s 95 triples in 2002-03.
Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
Sheldon McClellon, Miami
Michael Gbinije, Syracuse
Michael Young, Pittsburgh