Grayson Allen will be the only senior on the Duke men’s basketball roster this season. Still, with multiple tripping controversies last season, one might assume he wouldn’t be a candidate to be named captain.
However, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski supported Allen as a leader of his squad.
“You put on him what you would put on a captain of your team, and that’s what he is,” Krzyzewski said when ESPN’s Seth Greenburg asked how much he would depend on Allen mentoring younger players during an interview Wednesday.
Allen actually was a team captain last season, but he lost his captaincy in December after tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana. Krzyzewski hasn’t officially named captains for the 2017-18 season.
Coach K also revealed that the senior guard had offseason ankle surgery, which sidelined him for three months. Allen missed one game last season – Duke’s loss to the Miami Hurricanes on Feb. 25 – because of an ankle injury.
Duke will be counting on Allen and three 5-star incoming freshmen in the team’s chase of a sixth title for Coach K.