Throughout his collegiate career, and not always for the right reasons, Duke’s Grayson Allen often found himself the talk of the college basketball world.
Looks like he’s carrying that over to the NBA.
While most mock drafts have Allen going late in the first or early in the second round, he is setting himself apart from the rest of the field at the NBA combine in New York.
In Thursday’s testing, Allen reportedly posted a 10.31-second lane-agility drill, one of the top times … in combine history.
Grayson Allen's 10.31 lane agility speed is one of the five best marks in our NBA Combine database's history. Seems like he's going to end up testing off the charts here athletically.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
He also reportedly posted the second-best shuttle time this year (3.4 seconds) and sixth-best vertical leap (40.5 inches).
But that vertical leap comes with a caveat. While most prospects leaped off of both feet to reach as high as they could, Allen did his leap off of one foot.
— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2018
According to SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell, “scouts always look for one-footed leapers because they can get off the ground quicker.” O’Donnell listed Allen as one of his combine winners.
Allen also told reporters Friday at the combine that he will indeed talk with the NBA executives about the issue that dogged him throughout his career at Duke — his habit of tripping opponents.
“You have to address it, for sure. It’s something that comes from my competitiveness,” Allen said. “Competitiveness that I’ve had as a player, competitiveness that was pointed in the wrong direction and went over the line. It’s obviously something that I needed to work on and address.”
–Field Level Media