Before Grayson Allen keyed Duke's title surge, he was American Family Insurance dunk champion

Before Grayson Allen keyed Duke's title surge, he was American Family Insurance dunk champion

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Before Grayson Allen keyed Duke's title surge, he was American Family Insurance dunk champion

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Before Grayson Allen came off the bench to help rescue Duke in Monday night’s NCAA championship game, he was among the most prolific high school dunkers in the nation.

Allen, a freshman from The Providence School in Jackonsville, Fla., won the dunk contest at the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championship last April in Dallas. (See the video above.)

He also won the dunk contest at the McDonald’s All American Game by leaping over current Duke teammate Jahlil Okafor.

Monday night, he scored 16 points, including eight consecutively during a key second-half stretch, to help Duke beat Wisconsin 68-63.

“We were kind of dead in the water,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We were nine points down and Grayson just put us on his back.”

Allen, a 19-year-old who averaged all of four points per game this season, had his first double-figure scoring game since March 12. His 16 points were the second-most off the bench for the winning team in an NCAA title game, behind the 22 points that Louisville’s Luke Hancock scored in 2012.

Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) puts up a shot over Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser during the second half (Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)

Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) puts up a shot over Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser during the second half
(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)

 

 

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