LOS ANGELES – Duke sophomore Grayson Allen picked up his third All-America honor of 2016 on Monday night when he was one of 10 student-athletes named to the 2016 John R. Wooden Award All-America team.
The John R. Wooden Award All-America team is comprised of 10 student-athletes who were the top vote getters in the quest to earn one of college basketball’s most prestigious honors.
Previously named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News and a third-team honoree by the NABC, Allen is the 30th Duke player to earn All-America honors under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Those players have combined to be recognized as All-America selections 44 times since 1981. Krzyzewski has coached at least one All-American in 28 of his 36 seasons at Duke.
Duke has had at least one All-American in each of the last nine seasons, dating to 2008. Allen is Duke’s ninth All-American this decade.
Allen led Duke and currently ranks fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game. His +17.2-point scoring improvement from a year ago 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.
He finished the season on a streak of 25 consecutive games with double-figure points and was not held to fewer than 15 points in 18 regular-season ACC games this season. Allen’s 779 points in 2015-16 were good for seventh place on Duke’s single-season scoring chart, and his scoring average of 21.6 was the 15th-best in a single season in program history.
With 779 points, Allen turned in the second-highest scoring season by a sophomore in Duke history, trailing only the 841 that Jason Williams scored as a sophomore in 2001.
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 averaged 36.6 minutes per game this season, playing 1,317 minutes to rank 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.
He currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring (21.6), third in minutes played (36.6), fourth in three-point percentage (.417) and three-pointers per game (2.50), fifth in free throw percentage (.837), eighth in steals (1.31) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76).
Allen is 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.
Allen averaged 7.0 free throw attempts per game on the season, and his 211 made free throws on the campaign are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in Duke history.
A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American on March 3. He was also 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.
Allen was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on March 6, giving Duke a first-team all-league member for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons. The following day, he secured first-team All-ACC and Co-Most Improved Player honors from the league’s coaches.
Allen has also been named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA, as well as the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He was recognized as an All-District III performer by the USBWA and an All-District 2 honoree by the NABC.
2016 John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
Grayson Allen, Duke
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Kris Dunn, Providence
Perry Ellis, Kansas
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State