DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram added Associated Press All-America honors to their decorated 2015-16 seasons on Tuesday when the organization recognized them as third team and honorable mention selections, respectively.
Previously named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, a third-team honoree by the NABC and a John R. Wooden Award All-American, Allen is the 30th Duke player to earn All-America honors under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. With his selection as an AP honorable mention All-American, Ingram became the 31st Duke player to collect All-America honors under Coach K.
Those players have combined to be recognized as All-America selections 45 times since 1981, far and away the most All-America selections for an active Division I head coach. 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 and Ingram give Duke 10 All-Americans 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. He 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.
In addition to earning All-America honors from the AP, Ingram was also recently named the third USBWA Freshman All-American in Duke history, alongside Jabari Parker (2014) and Jahlil Okafor (2015). The USBWA instituted its Freshman All-America Team in 2013.
A second-team All-ACC selection and the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year, Ingram 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 is just 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), Okafor (2015) and Parker (2014).
His average of 17.3 points per game this season is the third-highest among major-conference freshmen, trailing only Jamal Murray of Kentucky (20.1) and Ben Simmons of LSU (19.2). He led ACC freshmen in scoring (17.3), rebounds (6.8), three-point field goal percentage (.410) and double-doubles (8), while also ranking second among conference freshmen in blocks (1.4).
With 624 points, Ingram finished the season as the third-highest-scoring freshman in Duke history, while his scoring average of 17.3 per game also tied for third-best by a Duke freshman.
Ingram’s eight double-doubles on the season were the fifth-most by a freshman in Duke history, and his 14 20-point games tied for the second-most ever by a Duke rookie. He had three 20/10 games on the season, and was the lone ACC freshman to record one.
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 80 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, while his 49 blocks rank fifth on Duke’s freshman chart.
Ingram’s 1,246 minutes played this season rank third on Duke’s freshman chart, while his average of 34.6 minutes per game ranks fourth and is the highest by a Duke freshman since Tommy Amaker in 1984 (36.3).
In addition to his ACC postseason honors, Ingram has also been named one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. He was named to the USBWA All-District III and NABC All-District 2 teams, and was one of five finalists for the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award, given annually to the National Freshman of the Year.
Duke finished the season with a 25-11 record, including an 11-7 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils have won at least 20 games for 20 consecutive seasons, and have tallied double-figure ACC wins in 19 of the last 20 years. Duke reached the Sweet 16 for the 25th time in program history, the second-most in the history of the tournament, and Krzyzewski extended his NCAA record for Sweet 16 appearances by a coach to 23 trips.
2016 Associated Press All-Americans
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Kris Dunn, Providence
Perry Ellis, Kansas
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Ben Simmons, LSU
Grayson Allen, Duke
Kay Felder, Oakland
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Ryan Anderson, Arizona
Anthony Barber, NC State
DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s
Ben Bentil, Providence
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Joel Bolomboy, Weber State
Evan Bradds, Belmont
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Cane Broome, Sacred Heart
John Brown, High Point
Antonio Campbell, Ohio
Kyle Collinsworth, BYU
Stephen Croone, Furman
James Daniel III, Howard
Juan’ya Greene, Hofstra
Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern
Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Marvelle Harris, Fresno State
Josh Hart, Villanova
Danuel House, Texas A&M
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii
Tim Kempton, Lehigh
Max Landis, IPFW
Shawn Long, Louisiana-Lafayette
Dallas Moore, North Florida
Nic Moore, SMU
Gary Payton II, Oregon State
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Justin Robinson, Monmouth
Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Justin Sears, Yale
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State
Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga