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.)
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.